West routs East 43-10 in 67th game

Kathy Orr/ Baker City HeraldBaker’s Justin Miller, No. 20, at lower right in red jersey and purple helmet, attempts to tackle the West’s Cooper Blodgett during Saturday’s East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

The West took advantage of six East turnovers Saturday to break a four-game losing streak in the annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

The West had three interceptions and recovered three fumbles on the way to a 43- 10 win. The East still leads the overall series 33-31-3.

The West totaled 456 yards, 319 on the arm of quarterback Hayden Vandehey of Banks. He finished 20-of-34 with four touchdowns.

Vandehey’s favorite target was his former teammate at Banks, Blake Markham, who had nine catches for 107 yards.

That duo opened the scoring with 1:59 left in the first quarter on a 27-yard completion.

Victor Torress of Madras added the conversion kick for a 7-0 West lead.

The West then broke the game open in the second period, scoring three times for a 30-0 halftime advantage.

Vandehey and Dax Bennett of Harrisburg scored on runs, and Vandehey found Sean Bodi of Stayton for a TD pass.

Then, after a scoreless third quarter, the East finally scored on a safety.

On the play, the West punter bobbled the snap and had the kick blocked in the end zone. The West recovered the ball but was tackled in the end zone for the two points.

Following the ensuing kickoff the East needed just four plays to score again.

Gus Ramsden of Wallowa found Tanner Hamilton of Vale from three yards out to cut the deficit to 30-10.

Vandehey then closed the door on the East, connecting with Markham and Joey Tripp, of Rainier, for the final two scores.

Baker’s Justin Miller recovered a West fumble in the fourth quarter from his defensive secondary slot.

Miller also could have had an interception on the opening pass play of the game, but had the ball fall through his hands.

West - 7 23 0 13 — 43

East - 0 0 0 10 — 10

W — Markham 27 pass from Vandehey (Torress kick)

W — Vandehey 2 run (Torress kick)

W — Bennett 6 run (Herberger pass from Vandehey)

W — Bodi 12 pass from Vandehey (Herberger pass from Vandehey)

E — Safety — punter tackled in end zone

E — Hamilton 3 pass from Ramsden (Towne pass from Ramsden)

W — Markham 23 pass from Vandehey (Kick failed)

W — Tripp 24 pass from Vandehey (Torress kick)

Individual statisics

RUSHING — East: Keller 18-61, Ramsden 8-27, Bixby 7-21, Jannsen 10-18, Hill 4-16, Guillen 1-0. West: Bennett 17-74, Herberger 7-36, Vandehey 10-15, Blodgett 3-7, Tripp 2-5.

PASSING — East: Ramsden 8-15-1-107, Keller 10-14-2-77. West: Vandehey 20-34-1-319.

RECEIVING — East: Langley 5-70, Hamilton 5-38, Towne 3-42, Bixby 3-33, Fralich 1-6, Homan 1-(-5).West: Markham 9-107, Bodi 4-85, Burgess 3-45, Herberger 1-47, Tripp 1-24, Fisher 1-11, Bennett 1-0.

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