Stout defense lifts South past North

HILLSBORO — With blitzes and cover two defenses outlawed, the 63rd Les Schwab Bowl was supposed to be a wide-open offensive aerial show.

Somebody forgot to tell Ryan Sonday and the South all-stars, who held the North team scoreless after halftime en route to a dominating 35-13 win Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

Sonday, a Crater cornerback, led the South defense with 10 tackles, and Sheldon receiver John Campbell caught 10 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns as the South scored the last 21 points to break out of a tight game and win going away.

"We made them drive the field on us," said John Beck, the Crater head coach who organized the South defense during a week of two-a-day practices leading up to the annual all-star game for Class 6A and 5A graduating seniors. "We didn't get beat over the top very much at all. We made them go underneath and then we rallied to them, and I think that frustrated them a little bit."

The South squad jumped out to a 14-0 lead six minutes into the game on a pair of Jordan Johnson to Campbell touchdown passes. The first, a 16-yard strike, occurred just 35 seconds into the game, and the second, an 88-yard score, completed a 99-yard drive with 9:37 to go in the first quarter.

The North team answered with a pair of touchdowns, including Mikkel Smythe's 9-yard run with 7:33 to go in the first half to cut the deficit to 14-13.

The South responded with another Johnson touchdown pass, this time a 38-yarder to Jeff Weisenhaus, and was never threatened again. Johnson capped the rout with a 30-yard TD pass to Campbell early in the fourth quarter.

Johnson, who was named MVP of the game, completed 15 of 20 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns for the South, which racked up 452 yards of total offense. The North gained 364 yards of offense, but shot itself in the foot with three interceptions and a lost fumble.

"We did a lot of stunting," Beck said of South's game plan on the D-line. "We had some really athletic linemen that could get a good push, then our secondary made plays."

North Medford's Cory Haggans came up big for the South, finishing with five tackles, including one for a loss, and South Medford defensive end Brett Wallan forced a fumble that his team recovered for a key turnover in the third quarter. Wallan also had a fourth-down sack that forced North to turn the ball over on downs.

Crater's Jacob Ziegler caught three passes for 16 yards to help spur along the South offense, while fellow Comet Mike Bishop had one tackle but was key in clogging the interior for the defense.

"It was really like we'd been playing together for years," said Wallan, who's headed to Hillsdale College, an NCAA Division II school in Michigan. "We really knew where each other were going to be and played off that."

South 14 7 7 7 — 35

North 7 6 0 0 — 13

First Quarter

S — Campbell 16 pass from Johnson (Campbell kick), 14:25.

S — Campbell 88 pass from Johnson (Campbell kick), 9:37.

— Acker 61 pass from Krellwitz (Kofe kick), 4:25.

Second Quarter

— Mikkel 9 run (Kofe kick failed), 7:33.

S — Weisenhaus 38 pass from Johnson (Campbell kick), 1:53.

Third Quarter

S — Yoder 4 run (Campbell kick), 7:00.

Fourth Quarter

S — Campbell 30 pass from Johnson (Campbell kick), 12:35.

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