North storms back to win

In a game that may have marked the first time in an state of Oregon all-star game that Oregon, Oregon State, Washington or Washington State did not have a scholarship player participating, the north won a thrilling come-from-behind game 36-30 in front of 6,074 at the Les Schwab Bowl on Saturday night at PGE Park in Portland.

The south squad had taken an early lead in the game and looked like they had the game well in hand with a 30-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Former Jesuit (Portland) quarterback Jon Breuer led a furious fourth quarter comeback that saw the north score 22 unanswered points and give the metro players a six point win. Headed into the fourth quarter the south led easily but the metro players refused to buckle under the strong defensive efforts of the south. Breuer came in with six minutes left in the contest. Looking very much like a scrambling, effective leader, Breuer connected with Kevin Maher to cut the lead to 30-22 after a two-point conversion. The north was able to hold the south to four downs on the ensuing possession and on the second play after the exchange Breuer flipped the ball on a lateral to Riley Showalter who in turn threw a bomb to a streaking Maher for the touchdown. Again the north converted on a two-point try and the game was tied with about four minutes left to go. The south was unable to move the ball when they had the following possessions and the game came down to the north's final drive. Boise State bound quarterback Nick Lomax from Lake Oswego High School came into the game and hooked up with his former teammate from Lake Oswego, Maher. With seconds left to go, the north was able to drive the ball to the 2-yardline and Nebraska bound defensive tackle Ndamkung Suh bound the ball in on his only carry of the night. The touchdown gave the north the final margin for the win.

Oregon bound wide receiver Matt Bramow was scheduled to play in the game and in fact his photo and statistics were listed in the program, but when the player introductions were made Bramow's number (2) was given to an alternate.

Soon-to-be Oregon walk-on John Breza from State 4A champion Sprague of the Valley League had a good game as a linebacker on the south squad. Breza had a total five tackles, two for loss (minus four yards on each play) a forced fumble and then recovering the fumble. The impressive thing was that Breza seemed to make each one of tackles in spots that stalled the drives of the north's offense.

Maher was named Most Valuable player for the game. Maher had signed a national letter of intent to Oregon State but will be enrolling at Foothills College instead this fall.

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