EAST ROUTS WEST 48-6 IN SHRINE GAME
By Raenelle Kwock
BAKER CITY The East put on an offensive show in the 52nd Annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday night at Bulldog Memorial Sta-dium.
The East cruised past the West, 48-6. Defense set the tone early for the East.
Powder Valley's Todd Baxter sent a powerful message to the West in the first two minutes of the game. He put a huge hit on a West player jarring the ball loose.
"It was fun," Baxter said afterwards. He said he had no idea the game would be this good.
Baxter's hit set up an East touchdown drive. Illinois Val-ley's Mike Pagnotta scored a 1-yard touchdown run.
Baxter also scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Vale's Tye Hiatt hauled in a 33-yard TD pass from Nyssa's Trent Holcomb to give the East a 12-0 lead in the second quarter.
The West scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter. Estacada's Craig O'Meara's 1-yard TD run capped a 9-play, 77-yard drive.
The East, which amassed 444 yards of total offense, put the game out of reach with 22 points in the second quarter.
With the East threatening from fourth-and-three in the second quarter, the West's defense stuffed the East on the 1-yard line.
On third-and-seven from the 3-yard-line, the East's defense tackled the West quarterback in the end zone for a safety. The East led 20-6.
With eight seconds remaining in the first half, Hiatt caught a 13-yard TD pass. The two-point pass conversion was good as Jake Lacey caught the ball while sliding backwards into the end zone.
Joseph's Randall Eschler said it was a great game and he had a fun time. He said it was the "icing on the cake."
He also said it was fun playing with Elgin's Blake Eckstein.
"I wish I had him during the season," Eschler said. "Some-thing like that in front of me would have been extremely nice (to run behind)."
Eschler had an interception late in the fourth quarter.
"It was so fun," Eckstein said. "We have such a good team."
He said the East got better during practices and was confident coming into the game.
This fall, Eckstein will be working in Missouri as a power lineman.
Wallowa's Randy Spaur also had an interception in the fourth quarter.
Spaur said he had lots of fun. Spaur is headed to Western Oregon University in the fall. He said four guys playing in the Shrine game are also going to WOU.
Pagnotta carried the ball 13 times for 134 yards. Matt Buche was 5-for-5 passing for 69 yards.
The East's Ricky Howe of Sweet Home ran back a punt 55 yards for the final winning margin.
East All-Stars 48, West All-Stars 6
West 0 6 0 0 6
East 6 22 7 13 48
E Mike Pagnotta 1 run (kick failed)
E Tye Hiatt 33 pass from Trent Holcomb (run failed)
W Craig O'Meara 1 run (kick failed)
E Collin Cram 7 TD pass (kick failed)
E safety in end zone
E Hiatt 13 pass from Matt Buche (Jake Lacey conversion pass)
E Pagnotta 30 run (Brett McClintock kick)
E Todd Baxter 6 run (McClintock kick)
E Ricky Howe 55 punt return (kick failed)
Individual statistics unavailable