Locals named to Les Schwab roster
Eight local football players have been selected to play in the Les Schwab Bowl, which will take place at Hillsboro Stadium on June 16.
The annual all-star football game features many of the state’s top graduated seniors.
South Medford’s Bill Singler was chosen to coach the South team, along with Panthers assistant Chris Parnell and David Faaeteete, the former North Medford and University of Oregon standout who led Hermiston to the Class 5A state title.
The South all-star squad owns a three-game winning streak against the North in the series, which is evened at 33-33-4.
South Medford landed five spots on the South team: running back Jaylin Parnell, lineman Brandon Ditty, receivers Jaalen Owens and Chase Cota and quarterback Robbie Patterson.
Crater running back/defensive back Cade Weaver, Ashland lineman Drake Morey and Grants Pass linebacker Rich England also made the South squad.
Cota, who signed with UCLA, is No. 2 on the Panthers’ career list for receiving yards with 2,696. In four years, he racked up South Medford records of 165 receptions and 38 touchdowns. Cota also owns or shares single-game records for yards in a game (282 yards on 10 catches, set in 2015) and most touchdowns in a game (four, achieved against North Medford in 2017). After graduating early from South Medford and enrolling for the spring term at UCLA, Cota will be unavailable to compete in the Les Schwab Bowl.
Parnell, who signed with Western Oregon, was the 6A state defensive player of the year as a linebacker and was also a first-team all-state running back. He set school records for rushing yards (1,442) and rushing touchdowns (24).
Owens, another Western Oregon signee, was second-team all-state on both sides of the ball after amassing 36 catches for 669 yards and 10 touchdowns plus five interceptions this fall.
Patterson was a second-team all-state selection on offense.
Two-way lineman Morey signed with Columbia University after recording 22 tackles, including three for losses, and a fumble recovery for the Grizzlies this season.
Weaver, a Southern Oregon signee, was a first-team all-Midwestern League defensive back and running back after rushing for 676 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 20 passes for another 196 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.
Last year in the Les Schwab Bowl, McMinnville quarterback Wyatt Smith was named the MVP after leading the South team to a 10-7 win over the North.