Future Cougs shine, suffer at All-Star game

EVERETT -- Three of Washington State's top recruits wrapped up their high school careers on Saturday, with QB Marshall Lobbestael starring for the West in the Class 4A/3A high school football All-Star game. Meanwhile, one of his soon-to-be classmates had to watch from the sidelines after suffering a game-ending injury, while another required double-teaming from Lobbestael's offensive line.

Lobbestael, the state Class 4A Player of the Year from Oak Harbor, was almost perfect at times, as he led the West from a 17-6 third quarter deficit to a 27-17 win. He completed 13-of-18 passes -- many of them bullets -- to an array of receivers. He faced a strong rush most of the night, but stood tall and strong in the pocket, offering a glimpse as to why his Oak Harbor team won the state title last season.


MARSHALL LOBBESTAEL

Lobbestael finished with 203 air yards, two touchdowns, a two-point conversion and one interception -- although the INT bounced off the intended receiver's hands before finding a home in the open arms of an East defender.

The longest completion on the day for the 6-3, 195-pound Lobbestael was actually a short slant to Eric Greenwood of Edmonds-Woodway who went for 90 yards with the first of two scores for the West in a 57-second span.

Lobbestael's performance was especially impressive considering he split time at quarterback with Arlington's Trevor Milless, and only played about 60 percent of the game.

Lobbestael said he will arrive in Pullman August 2, moving into Streit-Perham.

LINEMAN KEVIN FREITAG, a two-way star from Kennedy High in Burien, opened the day on defense for the West team but ended it on the sidelines.

The 6-3, 290-pounder went down with a left knee injury on just the fifth play of the game. Freitag, slotted for the offensive line at WSU, was helped off the field by trainers, and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines, sporting crutches for the entire second half.

Although visibly disappointed, Freitag said after the game that the injury did not appear to be serious. "Just a sprain," he said.

Despite his brief time on the field, Freitag dominated the two East offensive linemen he faced and put significant pressure on the East quarterback.

Joining Freitag in the trenches this fall, although on the other side of the ball, will be Moses Lake's B.J. Guerra, a defensive tackle who, at 6-3, 298-pounds is also a dominating force.

Guerra certainly made his presence known Saturday, often occupying the attention of two West team linemen and posting several tackles on the day.

Both steak-eaters said they are excited to be heading to Pullman, with Guerra calling Saturday's game a nice ending to his high school career, but only the start to what he wants to accomplish on the field. "It feels like the beginning for me," he said. "I had a good high school career, so I look forward to the next level, to going to WSU."

Both players said they will be heading to Pullman soon, with Freitag planning a July 8 arrival and Guerra August 1.

An ample crowd of over a thousand spectators attended the game, which was held at Everett Memorial Stadium.


B.J. GUERRA (left), and KEVIN FREITAG


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