Eagle Point defensive end Tyrone Holmes celebrates the defensive stop, sacking North team quarterback Alex Matthews for a loss of five yards. Despite being double teamed on the play Tyrone's strong pressure forced an errant pass and the turn over on downs.

South shutout

HILLSBORO — In their final game as high school players, the defensive all-stars from Southern Oregon turned in a shutout in the annual Les Schwab Bowl Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

The South, led by a bruising defensive line, held the North to just nine yards in the first half and 89 yards for the game to support its own offense on the way to a 21-0 win.

Eagle Point defensive end Tyrone Holmes helped the South's defense set up a pair of field goals in the third quarter before Taylor Walcott of Marist caught a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

"The outcome speaks to the way our coaches ran our team all week — they didn't want them to score," Holmes said after the South pitched the first shutout in the series since 1988. "This will definitely be one of the highlights of my high school football memories."

Holmes had five solo tackles, five assists and 31/2 of the South's nine sacks.

Matt Retzlaff of South Medford had four tackles, which resulted in 20 yards of lost yardage, and Franklin Lime of Ashland had two tackles and forced a fumble.

The outcome moved the South to within one win of tying the series. The North leads 31-30 with four games ending in ties.

Walcott wound up as the game MVP, while Holmes was the outstanding lineman for the South.

Both Holmes and Walcott are headed for the University of Montana.

Neither team had much offensive success in the first three quarters, although the South managed a pair of field goals by Sean Bellotti on possessions set up by defensive stands. After recovering a fumble on the North 25, the South moved to the 6-yard-line before losing five yards and settling for a 28-yard field goal.

Then, after stopping a fourth-down run at the North 32, the South got a first down on a pair of offsides calls and settled for a 39-yard kick by Bellotti for a 6-0 lead.

"Our guys were struggling on offense and we talked about settling down at halftime," South Medford linebacker Jimmy Ditty said. "We had a lot of confidence in our team, it just took a while to show up."

Walcott sparked the offense by catching a short sideline pass from Dillon Miller of Sheldon, shaking one tackler and then racing 66 yards for a score that turned into a 14-0 lead after a two-point conversion with 12:36 left in the game.

After forcing a punt, Walcott scored on a 18-yard pass from Jacob Hollister of Mountain View to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive.

The South offense finished with five turnovers, all in the first half.

The North got as far as the South 29 just once in the game, starting there with 45 seconds left in the first half after an interception. On first down, though, Retzlaff, who is headed for Southern Oregon along with Ditty, pushed a run out of bounds for a 6-yard loss and the North eventually turned the ball over on downs.

"We knew they were going to come at us with a fast-paced offense, and we worked on reading and reacting," Retzlaff said. "It turned into kind of a fast-paced defense."

By game's end, the South had pulled off one of the great defensive performances in the series that dates to 1948. The North had 70 plays for 89 total yards, had four turnovers and converted none of its 16 third-down attempts. It converted 3 of 7 fourth-down conversions, but finished with just eight first downs.

The week ended with players overlooking the score and sharing hugs as they head off to college, most of them to programs in the Northwest.

"There's a lot of great guys here that I had the pleasure of playing with this week," said Lime, who is bound for Linfield. "I know I'll be seeing them real soon on the field. Hopefully with this same score."

South 0 0 6 15 — 21

North 0 0 0 0 — 0

South — FG 28 Sean Bellotti

South — FG 30 Bellotti

South — Taylor Walcott 66 pass from Dillon Miller (Cody Hollister pass from Miller)

South — Walcott 18 pass from Jacob Hollister (Bellotti kick)

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