By GERRY STEELE
Defense dominated the 54th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. Neither team could muster 200 yards in total offense in the 90-degree temperatures.
The East broke a 7-7 tie with 9:02 left in the game and went on to post a 19-7 victory. The win avenged an East loss a year ago, and boosted the East's lead in the overall series to 29-22-3.
The East set the defensive tone on the first two plays of the game. Baker cornerback Matt Banta knocked away West quarterback Luke Gilgan's first pass for an incompletion. Vale's Willy Maupin then broke through the line to sack Gilgan for a 22-yard loss following a bad center snap with the West in the shotgun formation.
Following the West punt, the East scored on its first offensive possession, marching 44 yards in nine plays. Hidden Valley's Sam Dollarhide did the honors, bolting off left guard for a 3-yard touchdown with 9:16 left in the first period. Nyssa's Braden Bair added the conversion kick.
The West tied the game with 1:52 left in the first half when Colton's Eric Norton followed a wall of blockers off left tackle for a 7-yard scoring run. Willamina's Zack Burdon added the PAT kick.
The score remained deadlocked at 7-7 until 7:01 remained in the game. Then, Vale's Brady Lovell ran a quarterback draw for a 32-yard touchdown. On the play, Lovell took two steps back from center then followed Banta's block up the middle. Lovell used Banta's block to break to the left sidelines and sprinted untouched to the end zone.
The East defense put the cap on the win with 1:49 left when Heppner's Rory Kilkenny intercepted a Gilgan (Sherwood) pass and raced untouched for a 40-yard touchdown.
On the play Gilgan scrambled to avoid the rush of Glendale's Bret Prock and others, and, in desperation, threw an ill-advised toss toward the middle of the field. Kilkenny picked the aerial off in stride and headed for the end zone.
The East finished with 172 yards in total offense, 152 on the ground. Lovell led the East with 65 yards on seven carries. Heppner's Matthew Kenny chipped in 36 yards on eight carries and Dollarhide 30 yards on 10 carries.
The West totaled just 146 yards, 143 on the ground. Burdon led the West with 65 yards on 13 carries. Danny Klobes of Scappoose added 29 yards on four carries.
Seventeen players from the game will now join college football camps to prepare for the fall season. Eight of the 17 are headed to Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
Lucky, a 1,150-pound Black Angus cross raised by Zack Swindlehurst of Burnt River, was auctioned off nine times during halftime, netting $20,700 for the Shriners.
West 0 7 0 0 7
East 7 0 0 12 19
E Sam Dollarhide 3 run (Braden Bair kick)
W Eric Norton 7 run (Zack Burdon kick)
E Brady Lovell 32 run (Kick failed)
E Rory Kilkenny 40 interception return (Kick failed)
East 9 plays, 44 yards, all on the ground. Key plays: Kenney two carries for 22 yards.
West 9 plays, 65 yards, all on the ground. Key plays: Burdon 3 carries, 23 yards; Norton 3 carries, 15 yards.
East 6 plays, 65 yards. Key plays: Lovell four carries, 53 yards on three straight draw plays. Lovell start drive with 12-yard pass to Stephen Kresse.
East Kilkenny intercept Gilgan pass. Bret Prock leads East pass rush that forced Gilgan to throw under pressure.
First Downs 8 6
Rushing Yards 48-143 37-152
Passing Yards 3 20
Total Yards 146 172
Passing 1-11-2 3-10-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-10 4-25
Rushing West: Burdon 13-65, Klobes 4-29, Norton 4-15, Kerslake 4-8, Smith 4-7, Larkins 2-7, Gilgan 10-6, Morgan 1-5, Lucia 1-1, Miller 3-1, Sullivan 1-0, Beggs 1-(-1). East: Lovell 7-65, Kenny 8-36, Dollarhide 10-30, Burke 3-8, Wilson 6-7, Nelson 2-4, Banta 1-2.
Passing West: Gilgan 1-8-2-3, Burdon 0-3-0-0. East: Lovell 3-9-1-20, Burke 0-1-0-0.
Receiving West: Wilkins 1-3. East: Kresse 2-10, Thurston 1-10.
Interceptions West: Smith. East: Nelson, Kilkenny.