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Sunday, July 2, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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All-state football game: Boehme carries West

Special to The Seattle Times

EVERETT — Aaron Boehme did it all to lead the West to a 17-0 victory over the East in the annual All-State high school football game Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Boehme ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and made a couple of hard tackles from his safety position to push the West to victory.

A standout on both sides of the football at Stanwood High School, Boehme completed both of his pass attempts for 13 yards, ran twice for 9 yards and had a 40-yard touchdown pass called back because of a penalty.

"I was just hoping to get some playing time and show some of the stuff that I have," Boehme said. "It was a lot more than I could have asked for."

Boehme will head to Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., in the fall to try out as a quarterback, where he will receive far less scrutiny than Jake Locker, the highly touted quarterback from Ferndale who will play at the University of Washington next season.

Locker completed 3 of 6 passes for 33 yards with one touchdown and also ran for 32 yards on five carries, and was named the game's most valuable offensive player.

After signing autographs and exchanging hugs with scores of family and friends, Locker admitted he was surprised to add the MVP award to his impressive resume.

"I didn't think I did enough on offense to win that award," Locker said. "I thought there were some other guys like Boehme who did more, but I'm very honored to win it. It was just a really good time getting to know all the guys. It was just a great week."

Locker showed he came to play from his first carry, when he lowered his helmet to turn a short loss into a 3-yard gain.

"You can't control the outcome of anything, so you should never hold back," Locker said. "I was just honored to be here and wanted to go out and give 100 percent. The whole week was a lot of fun."

Gabe Vest of Oak Harbor was the defensive MVP, collecting 11 tackles for the West, two for losses. He also had a spectacular interception to help keep the East out of the end zone.

"The East was talking trash all week, and it was good to give them a goose egg," Vest said. "Everybody is a good athlete out here, and I'm honored to win the award."

Vest, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound linebacker and running back, plans to play for Scottsdale Community College in Arizona next season.

"Ever since I was invited I've been looking forward to this game," Vest said. "Any time you get the best against the best, it's going to be a competitive game."

Boehme considered walking on at the University of Oregon as a quarterback, but decided his best chance to play a lot of football was at Linfield.

"I'm going to Linfield and try out there at quarterback and then see what happens, see whether they want me to play defensive back or wide receiver," Boehme said. "I decided I wanted to go to a small college and get a good education and be an all-around athlete. I knew at Linfield I would get playing time."

The West scored on its final three possessions of the second quarter for all the points in the game.

Justin Brann of Lynden opened the scoring with a 41-yard field goal with 8:51 left in the second quarter. Boehme completed both of his passes in the drive he capped with a 1-yard scoring run.

With time running out in the half, Boehme caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Locker with 36 seconds left to give the West all the points it needed.

Jesse Hoffman of Shorecrest led the West with 53 yards on five carries, while Ivan Merino of Prosser had 65 yards on 12 carries for the East.

Merino and J.P. Oliver of Cascade won the game's sportsmanship awards.

WEST 17, EAST 0

East 0 0 0 0 — 0
West 0 17 0 0 — 17
West — Justin Brann 41 FG

West — Aaron Boehme 1 run (Justin Brann kick)

West — Aaron Boehme 17 pass from Jake Locker (Justin Brann kick)

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