Former Duck linebacker and current Kennedy teacher and assistant football coach, Garrett Sabol, was also in the stands to support his protégé. Garrett, who was donning an Oregon shirt, is elated that Pleasant is headed to Eugene. However, no undo influence was involved in the decision and Sabol asserts, "Eddie has always followed Oregon and it didn't matter who offered him, he wanted to be a Duck."
The games leading rusher will also report to Oregon in August. Charles Neal ran for 46 yards on 10 carries. Unfortunately, his offensive line struggled most of the night and Charles was clearly frustrated until he broke off a bruising 20 yard run that set up the North's final touchdown.
Representing the South was Saddleback wide receiver and Oregon signee Rishard Matthews. The North was parked on a comfortable 16-3 advantage in the third quarter until Matthews reeled in a 35 yard scoring strike to make things interesting. In the end, the electric Rishard was the game's leading receiver with three catches for 90 yards. Matthews wants to be a Duck in the worst way but will need to take a detour through Santa Ana Community College first to get his academics in order. However, he was adamant that he will ultimately land at Oregon and added, "I wish that you had a recorder because I'll still be there."
It was simply a beautiful summer night to enjoy a football game in front of 7300 fans at Orange Coast College. The Oregon Ducks continue to mine the talent rich "OC" largely due to the impressive recruiting efforts of defensive backs coach John Neal.