With a reduced crowd size due to COVID-19, the West notched it’s 29th win over the East squad in a defensive battle by a final score of 14-9.
The East jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to the leg of Blue Valley West’s Evan Ranallo on a 22-yard field goal at the 2:21 mark in the 1st quarter.
Both squads defenses traded stops back and forth before the West established the lead on an 83 yard drive, highlighted by key 3rd down passes, that ended on a Norton Community Kade Melvin 1 yard run on 4th & 1. The 2 point conversion would succeed thanks to a to catch from Ty Garrett of Salina South to put the West up 8-3.
That score would hold going in to halftime. The West squad used it’s opening drive of the 2nd half to extend it’s lead.
Great Bend’s Dalton Miller found daylight through the East defense on a 44 yard run. The trick play 2 point conversion failed thanks to a stop from Prairie Views Hunter Boone to keep lead at 14-3.
The two squads would trade offensive drives for much of the 3rd quarter.
At the 1:31 mark in the 3rd, the East squad would set up it’s only drive to end in a touchdown.
On 4th and 1, Humboldt’s Conor Haviland dove into the endzone and cracked the goal line on 2nd effort to draw the East within a score. The 2 point conversion would fail, giving the West a 14-9 lead.
The East defense came up with a stop on the ensuing drive, giving the offense back the ball at 9:26 left in the game.
The East coaches dug deep into their playbooks with a mixture of run, passes, and trick plays to drive towards the endzone. A 15 yard penalty from the West set up the East squad 1st and Goal from the 8 yard line.
Like much of the game, the West defense squeezed and stifled the East offense’s opportunity. The East’s drive was also plagued with penalties including a pass interference in the endzone that would have given the East the lead.
Fort Scott’s C.J. Horton caught a 4th & goal pass tossed from the 20 yard line from Axtell’s Quinn Buessing. However, Horton was flagged on a questionable offensive pass interference that wiped the go-ahead touchdown off the board.
The 2nd chance, from further away, fell short and the West took over on downs where they drained the clock down to the 3:39 mark.
The East squad would get one final chance with 3 minutes to go. With the arm of Basehor-Linwood’s Chase Torkelson leading the charge, the West brought blitz after blitz against the East to end any chance of a rally.
The final score, 14 West, East 9.
The East was led in rushing by Humboldt’s Haviland with 14 yards on 6 carries, including the lone East touchdown. Axtell’s Buessing was 7 of 13 with 96 yards, including a game-high 38 yard completion. Torkelson was 7 of 11 with 78 yards.
Shawnee Heights Timirance Adams led the East in tackles with 8 including a sack.
The full game stats from WIBW’s Jake Lebahn via Twitter:
Final Stats of the KS Shrine Bowl pic.twitter.com/H2YCkKd3dY— Jake Lebahn (@JakeLebahn) July 19, 2020