- Written by Andy Wooldridge (CCCougarfan)
- Last Updated on June 27, 2012
- Published on June 27, 2010
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Johnson, Cambell Put Exclamation Point On Career
Hillsboro – Two state championships in three years wasn’t quite enough for Jordan Johnson and the Sheldon wrecking crew. Even without University of Oregon bound TE/LB Curtis White, Johnson and John Campbell, with blocking help from Oregon St. bound lineman Derek Nielson (l. blocking), tore up the North squad to win the 67th. Les Schwab North-South All Star game on the brand new turf at Hillsboro Stadium for seniors from the state’s 6A and 5A schools by a final score of 35-13.
J. Johnson (14, l.) completed 15 of 20 passes for 304 yards, and four touchdowns, three of them to Campbell, and earned the game’s MVP award in the process.
J. Johnson and Campbell, and the South, got off to a fast start, taking a 7-0 lead 35 seconds into the game. Johnson completed all four of his passes on the drive, capped by a 16 yard toss to Campbell. The South’s second drive was even quicker, as J. Johnson found Campbell down the right side for an 88 yard touchdown at the 9:37 mark.
John Campbell (1) hauls in an over the shoulder pass for an 88 yard touchdown.
Meanwhile, both of North’s first two drives ended with interceptions, one by South Salem's Connor Lynch on the South one yard line.
Connor Lynch picks off a North pass at the one yard line.
The North rallied with a 61 yard touchdown on a catch and run by Grant’s Kenneth Acker (10, below) from West Linn’s Logan Krellwitz at the 4:25 point in the first quarter.
Hillsboro's Mikkel Smythe (20, below), bound for Linfield, pulled the North within a point, capping a drive with a 9 yard score midway in the second period, but despite a no-rush rule, the extra point was wide.
It was as close as the North would get.
J. Johnson responded by finding Campbell to convert a fourth down, and then hit Sprague’s Jeff Weisenhaus (80, below) for a 38 yard touchdown 1:53 before halftime, and a 21-13 lead that the South took to the locker room.
The North lost Northern Arizona bound quarterback Jordan Perry from Central Catholic with 16 seconds left in the half to a left knee injury on a scramble.
Jordan Johnson (14) even got in on the defensive side of things, breaking up a pass for
Will Storey (17), on the last play before halftime.
The North’s first drive of the second half ended with a carry by a lineman, and a fumble.
Canby’s Josh Yoder (15, below), who is headed for Linfield, then led the South on a long third quarter drive, and capped it with a 4 yard touchdown keeper for a 28-13 lead.
Krellwitz (14, below) then took the North on a clock eating make or break drive that carried into the fourth quarter, converting a pair of fourth downs in the process.
But the third attempt to convert a fourth down, on the fourth quarter’s first play, came up short, and the South took over.
It was Johnson’s night, as even a fumble was grabbed out of mid air by a lineman for a gain. After that, Johnson put the game away, with another scoring toss to Campbell, this one for 30 yards.
“It was quite an exclamation point, by two of the best players in the history of Oregon football,” Sheldon coach Marty Johnson, Jordan’s father, and coach of the South squad, said. “Why there weren’t more colleges on them, I have no idea.”
J. Johnson is headed to Football Championship Series Montana of the Big Sky Conference, and Campbell is on his way to Harvard of the Ivy League.
“My size is the problem,” Jordan, who is 6’1”, and just 185 lbs., explained. “I did have two ‘DI’ offers, from Army and Air Force, but those just were not the right fit. The Montana coaches were awesome, it’s a winning program, and it’s a lot like Sheldon as far as what they run (the spread offense). (Plus, the fly fishing is great up there.)”
At 6’1”, and 170 lbs. Campbell was also deemed smaller than desired at wide receiver, but the all-time Sheldon record holder in receiving yards, touchdowns, and points proved to be J. Johnson’s best weapon one last time, and earned the South’s Outstanding receiver award (below).
“I had a feeling (the passes) would be coming; I know the offense,” Campbell explained. “And Jordan’s the greatest player in the state. Fortunately, he plays in the south.”
The South’s win, their second in the last three years, pulled them within 30-28-4 in the overall series.
UCLA bound Owamagbe Odighizuwa from David Douglas was named the North’s outstanding lineman, and had a spectacular hit on Johnson, forcing a drive stalling incompletion. “Owa” appears to have an opportunity to make a name for himself as a pass rush specialist for the Bruins.
James Atoe (74, above) was a huge presence for the South.
The Washington Huskies appear to have landed a prize in 6’7” James Atoe from The Dalles-Wahtonka, who earned the South’s outstanding lineman award.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (l.) and James Atoe receive the game's Outstanding Linemen awards.
Acker, who is headed to Southern Methodist, finished with nine catches for 129 yards, and the North’s receiver award.
Krellwitz finished with 10 completions out of 19 passes, for 158 yards and one touchdown, to lead the North, and Smyth had 77 yards on 14 carries for the North, leading all rushers.
Oregon State bound Michael Bibbee from North Eugene and Will Storey (17, above) of Lake Oswego, and Jefferson’s Tamir Polk, who is still deciding between probably Eastern Oregon and Texas Southern, also showed a knack for making plays.
Hayes Garrity (1), of Westview, was a threat early for the North, with several good kick returns.
Soloman Helms (27) from Mt. View ends the North's last threat with an interception.
Jordan Johnson accepts the MVP award for the 63rd. North South All-Star Game.
But it was J. Johnson that was the difference in the game. “It was definitely great to play one more game for my dad,” J. Johnson said. “I can’t explain how much fun this was.”
Marty and Jordan Johnson share a special Father & Son moment.
South – John Campbell 16 yard pass from Jordan Johnson (Campbell kick good) (14:25)
S – Campbell 88 yard pass from Johnson (Campbell kick good) (9:37)
North – Kenneth Acker 61 yard pass from Logan Krellwitz (Saia Kofe kick good) (4:25)
N – Mikkel Smythe 9 yard run (kick wide) (7:33)
S – Jeff Weisenhaus 38 yard pass from Johnson (Campbell kick good) (1:53)
S – Josh Yoder 4 yard run (Campbell kick good) (7:00)
S – Campbell 30 yard pass from Johnson (Campbell kick good) 12:35
(Photos by Andy Wooldridge)