Kendrick Bourne Says Goodbye To Prep Football And Milwaukie Fans

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
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He is the best story of the year by many accounts.  The City kid who decided to leave the PIL behind and try out the Milwaukie Arts Academy is all done with his High School Football career.  And he went out in style having a huge night for the Milwaukie Mustangs.

Before the night was over Bourne would go over 200 yards receiving and have 2 TD's and several big catches.  On the season he had 1,296 yards and 18TD's and averaged an eye popping 32 yards per catch.

His talent found a home with first year Head Coach Don Johnson and the Mustangs who lost the game to Churchill 41-20 last night but who finished 7-3 after being 1-9 last season.  That folks is the story within the story.  And so is Bourne.

The kid was broken, failing school, and on the verge of dropping out saved himself this year by moving to Milwaukie.  He talked with us about that and his transformation at his new schools.  We also spoke about his offer from Idaho and a possible offer to PSU and beyond.  This kid tells the story of why we need to re-evaluate the way we teach and the way we work with our young people.  How does he go from a drop out failing kid getting trouble to a kid on the Honor Roll and ready to take on the world?

Listen and he will tell you.  He is clearly up for the Player of the Year if you judge it on and off the field.  Way to go Bourne!


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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with as the editor of OregonPreps and Dirk is the founder of NWPR &; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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