VANCOUVER, Wash. — Naselle High School graduate Cole Dorman was named the offensive Player of the Game for the victorious West team after throwing the only touchdown in Saturday’s Shriner Freedom Bowl, a senior all-star football game featuring the top 2019 graduates from the southwest region of Washington state.
Dorman, who led Naselle to the state semifinals last year and is bound for Clark College, quarterbacked the West team during the second and fourth quarters.
With 7:05 remaining in the game, he threw deep across the field to Hudson’s Bay’s Carter Morse in the end zone for a 33-yard TD.
“I saw that there wasn’t a safety on the far side, and the corner was six or seven yards off,” Dorman said. “He wasn’t deep, so I thought I might as well throw it and I’d have a chance (at a touchdown).”
Dorman’s alert read of the defense was characteristic of the crafty veteran. But it was one of the few times he has had to read an 11-man defense, after a career in the eight-man game he played for the Comets at the 1B level.
“It wasn’t too hard. I had a week to practice, to get the feel for it,” he said.
Fellow Naselle graduate Vince Fauver played on both offense and defense, as did Ilwaco graduate Jeb Sheldon.