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Foreman, McKay prepare for all-star tilt

Kevin Foreman and John McKay each took different paths in their high school football careers, but their final destination will be the same Saturday.

The two Southern Oregon Conference stars will culminate their prep play in Portland this weekend at the Oregon Bowl all-star game.

Foreman, who led North Medford to a Class 4A state runner-up finish his senior season, waited three years for his shot under center on a traditionally strong Black Tornado team. He is slated to play quarterback Saturday for the South squad.

When Foreman's time finally came at North, he flourished and led the Tornado to its first outright SOC title and a spot on the third-team all-state squad.

For Foreman, the Oregon Bowl wasn't even a blip on the radar screen at the start of the 2000 football season.

"I was just hoping to contribute to the team," said Foreman, who threw for 1,777 yards and rushed for 692 with 43 touchdowns rushing and passing. "I just had a lot of help and a great team around me."

On the flip side, McKay got his shot early on for a struggling South Medford squad.

He started at quarterback for the Panthers during his sophomore and junior seasons before a broken thumb suffered during summer camp forced him into wide receiver duties in his final campaign.

With McKay becoming one the top receivers in the SOC, South earned a state-playoff berth for the first time since 1994.

Like Foreman, McKay's focus was on team goals at the start of the year.

"Actually, it (Oregon Bowl) wasn't one of my goals," said McKay, a first-team all-SOC performer. "Our team goals this last year were to turn things around and have a winning season. The Oregon Bowl is just kind of the icing on the cake."

McKay will forgo his regular offensive duties and slide to the defensive side of the ball at the outside linebacker position on Saturday.

"The thing about John is he was always in the right spot (on defense)," said South squad and former North Medford coach Rod Rumrey. "He's done an outstanding job of picking things up and paying attention to the details.

"To be a starter on a team like this is quite an accomplishment."

Foreman, who was voted as a team captain by his teammates, will split time with Churchill signal-caller Jeff Rhode in an offense he's already familiar with.

"Kevin has an advantage because he's running the same offense he ran last year," said Rumrey. "He's really helped Jeff with his footwork and where he has to be in this offense."

When the game is over and their prep careers officially complete, Foreman and McKay still aspire to play at the next level.

Foreman will take his talent to Linfield College, while McKay is pondering a move to Portland State University and a potential spot as a walk-on with its football team.

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail