Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

The East scored two touchdowns in the final 7:34 of the fourth quarter Saturday night to earn a 20-8 come-from-behind win over the West in the 66th-annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at Baker Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

The win, the East’s fourth straight, improves the East’s overall lead in the series to 33-30-3. The game is a fundraiser for the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

Trailing 8-6 in the fourth quarter, the East rallied on a 57-yard, 8-play drive.

The big play was a 34-yard pass from Ontario’s Mike Mejia to Jacob Justensen of Sherman, setting the East up with a first down at the West 7.

Three running plays later, Stayton’s Jerry Daniels gave the East the lead for good on a 1-yard sweep to the left. Mejia connected with Ben Dunn of Cascade Christian for the two-point conversion and a 14-8 East lead.

Approximately three minutes later, Glide’s Cyller Cunningham scored on a 1-yard run to cap the scoring.

The East scored on its first possession in the first quarter when Cascade Christian’s Holden Schaan connected with Daniels on a 9-yard swing pass with 5:04 left in the period.

The score remained 6-0 East until 10:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Then, the West mounted its only sustained drive leading to a 44-yard touchdown pass from St. Paul’s Holden Smith to Brandon Piete of Regis.

On the play, the left-handed Smith rolled to his left and found Piete breaking toward the end zone at the East 5. Piete caught the ball over his shoulder and beat an East defender to the end zone .

The rest of the game saw the teams combine for seven turnovers and 17 penalties for 155 yards.

The game was delayed for about half an hour due to a thunderstorm that passed through the Baker City area at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The storm hit just at the end of the first quarter, sending the teams to their respective locker rooms.

Play resumed shortly after 8 p.m. During the delay a bright rainbow could be seen stretching from South Baker over Baker High School toward Virtue Flat.

Daniels led East running backs with 42 yards on 8 carries. Schaan finished 9-of-13 passing for 100 yards. Dunn caught five passes for 55 yards.

Dru Cook of Scio led the West squad with 41 yards on six carries. Smith was 7-of-16 passing for 99 yards. Wyatt Riedel of Estacada caught three passes for 34 yards.

West -0 0 0 8 — 8

East - 6 0 0 14 — 20

E — Daniels 9 pass from Schaan (Run failed)

W — Piete 44 pass from H. Smith (Harrington run)

E — Daniels 1 run (Dunn pass from Mejia)

E — Cunningham 1 run (Run failed)

Individual statistics

Rushing — West: Cook 6-41, Gross 1-12, Piete 3-7, Jones 7-5, Riedel 3-4, H. Jones 10-(-55). East: Daniels 8-42, Mejia 3-13, Cunningham 5-12, Wright 4-11, DeForest 3-10, Cleveland 1-6, Conrad 1-2, Schaan 3-(-25).

Passing —West: H. Smith 7-16-1-99, C. Smith 1-2-0-14. East: Schaan 9-13-1-100, Mejia 4-8-0-48, Dunn 0-1-0-0.

Receiving —West: Riedel 3-34, Jones 2-(-4), Piete 1-44, Wickman 1-29, Hamblet 1-10. East: Dunn 5-55, DeForest 3-5, Holly 2-43, Justensen 1-39, Daniels 1-9, Wright 1-(-3).