New Ducks take the honors.

Three players bound for the University of Oregon stole the show on Saturday night at PGE Park in Portland (Ore.) during the 57th annual North-South all-star football game. The Les Schwab Bowl pitting the best graduating seniors from the class of 2004 and was a defensive gem as the South won 9-6.

Tight end Ryan Keeling, 6-5, 230, Springfield (Ore.) Thuston HS was named the Most Valuable Player based on an impressive performance of 10 catches for 110 yards and several impressive downfield blocks. Keeling's ability to hold onto the ball helped the South control the offense in the second half. Keeling grinned broadly after the game and indicated he was ready to start practice with the Ducks.

"Now its on to Oregon," said Keeling after the all-star game concluded.

Joining Keeling on the winning squad was defensive tackle David Faaeteete, 6-3, 290, Medford (Ore.) North Medford HS. Faaeteete was a man among boys during the game. He was virtually unstoppable by the North offensive line and when not double-teamed, he was creating havoc for the north quarterbacks. The South had scored late in the first half on a 3-yard pass reception by Keith Best, 6-4, 195, Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon HS. The North came back in the fourth quarter and drew within one point after Beaverton's Greg Laybourn caught an 89-yard pass play from quarterback Sean Setzer, 6-3, 215, Portland (Ore.) Wilson HS. The extra point failed setting up the most dramatic moment in the game. The north after an exchange of possessions was set the make a drive from deep in their territory. Setzer received the snap and was immediately chased by Faaeteete in the end zone. Setzer threw the ball away to avoid a sack but was called for intentional grounding and the South was awarded a safety as the quarterback was still in the end zone.

"Faaeteete got by the (offensive) guard so fast," said Neil Lomax, former NFL quarterback and head of Promax Event Management Team, the promoter of the Les Schwab Bowl. "The quarterback had no chance and could only wheel and throw."

For his efforts, Faaeteete was named Outstanding Lineman for the game.

The final award of the night for the Outstanding Back of the game went to another soon-to-be Duck, T.R. Smith, 5-11, 185, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson HS. Smith was very impressive with his speed, agility and endurance as he finished the night with 15 carries for 55 yards and three receptions for 28 yards.

After the game the three new Ducks met together for photos. Smith had taken off his pad and underneath he wore an Oregon tee shirt. A new friendship had developed during the all-star game, as Smith will move to the Eugene area and room with Keeling. At one point during the fourth quarter, Keeling had a reception and after breaking what seemed to be a sure tackle, Keeling gained an additional 11 yards. Smith smiled sideline and gave a sign of congratulations to his new friend.

"We're going to be roomies," shouted Smith to Keeling after the final gun had sounded. "At the ranch!"

The Les Schwab Bowl was played before a crowd of about 5,000 on a warm summer evening. No doubt when the three new Ducks get a chance to suit up together it will be in front of nearly 60,000 screaming Duck fans. If the all-star game in Portland is any indication the Duck fans will have plenty to cheer about with the play of the three new Ducks.

(edited to update statistics)

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