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Powder Valley’s Colton Eubanks breaks away for one of two big gains in Saturday’s game. (BRAD MOSHER/The Observer)
Injuries were a factor during Saturday’s 24th annual 8-Man East-West All-Star football game at Eastern Oregon University.
Both squads entered the game with injuries that changed the coaches’ original plans.
The West quarterback was supposed to be David Drescher of St. Paul.
But an injury before the week started sidelined one of the top 1A quarterbacks.
His replacement was Brayden Anderson of Crow.
It was Anderson who completed a West comeback with a dramatic fourth-quarter dive into the end zone from 4 yards out for the winning score.
On the other side of the field, the health of Powder Valley’s Colton Eubanks was a problem for East head coach Bill Robb.
“A couple of the players were a little dinged earlier in the week, so they didn’t get as much playing time as they would have liked,” Robb said.
Eubanks was one of those players, but he still was able to turn two of his five carries into 93 yards.
“Colton did a great job. He was battling a hamstring injury all week.
“We were just trying to play him when we could. He’s a great back. I know Colton had more than 100 yards today,” Robb said. Colton had two other carries for another 10 yards, putting him over the century mark in four carries.
Although he didn’t score, Eubanks’ two big runs put the East team deep in the red zone both times.
On the first drive of the second half, Eubanks bounced off four defenders on the way to a 53-yard gain that set the East up at the 2-yard line
But that was as close as the drive got to the end zone.
His second long run came early in the fourth quarter.
Eubanks took the ball 40 yards down to the West 12-yard line.
But the East fumbled away the ball two plays later to the West team, ending the threat.
, turning the ball over to the West defenders at the 11-yard line.