WEST RUNS OVER EAST
By Gerry Steele
For The Observer
The East defense had no answer for the herd of stallions in the West backfield Saturday at the 49th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game.
The West had two runners rush for more than 100 yards each, and another for 99 yards, on the way to a 24-16 victory before about 4,000 spectators at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
The victory was the first for the West since 1992. The East entered the game winners of six in a row, and sported a 7-0-1 record in the past eight games. The East still leads the overall series 24-22-3.
Justin Hubbard, who led Amity to the Class 2A state title and ran for more than 2,000 yards last fall, topped the West runners. He scored two touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 132 yards.
Hubbards second score, a 24-yard bolt off right tackle, gave the West the lead for good, 18-16, with 4:42 left in the game.
Sherwoods Tim Harris then put the cap on the win, scoring on a 27-yard reverse with 1:42 left.
Harris joined Hubbard in triple digits, carrying the ball eight times for 102 yards and one touchdown. Daytons Curt Wilson, the bruiser of the trio, bulled and slashed his way to 99 yards on 18 carries.
The West, with 374 total yards, amassed 350 yards on 73 carries.
The West took a 6-0 lead on its first drive, completing a 63-yard march in just eight plays.
The East took its first lead, 7-6, with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Nyssa quarterback Jake Holcomb found Grant Unions Aaron Mathews deep along the left sideline, and connected on a 79-yard touchdown play.
The second period was scoreless until the final second literally.
Taking over on its own 23 with 5:20 left in the half, the West methodically marched down the field.
Mixing a variety of running plays between five runners, the West moved to the East 10 with one second left. Time appeared to have run out before the West could call timeout, but the officials put one second back on the clock.
That was all Robles needed. He swept around the right side, looking for a receiver to pass to. But, when all of his targets were covered, Robles continued to run, picked up a couple of blocks, and dove into the end zone.
The conversion run failed, leaving the West with a 12-7 halftime edge.
The East defense was fired up in the third period, shutting off the West offense at least momentarily.
Mazamas Brendan Quirke intercepted a Robles pass to stifle the Wests opening drive.
Then, after an East punt put the West deep in its own territory at the West 8, the East forced a safety to pull within 12-9.
The East got the safety when the center snap sailed over punter Andrew Farleys head and out of the end zone.
The score remained 12-9 until 11:26 remained in the fourth quarter. Then, the East took its final lead on a 4-yard run by Sweet Homes Andy Ellis.
Ellis, who led the East with 54 yards on 10 carries, carried the ball three times for 23 yards on the drive. Holcomb also completed passes of 10 yards to Christopher Marcum of Echo, and 28 yards to Josephs Clint Steen on the drive.
West 6 6 0 12 24
East 7 0 2 7 16
W Justin Hubbard 10 run (Run failed), 10:17
E Aaron Mathews 79 pass from Jake Holcomb (Mathews kick), 3:38
W Joey Robles 10 run (Run failed), 0:01
E Safety: Ball snapped out of end zone, 8:38
E Andy Ellis 4 run (Mathews kick), 11:46
W Hubbard 24 run (Pass failed), 4:57
W Tim Harris 27 run (Run failed), 1:42
First downs 23 11
Rushes-yards 73-350 34-129
Passing yards 24 321
Comp-att-int 2-9-1 20-20-0
Punts 2-23.0 4-31.8
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-2
Penalties-yards 2-15 7-50
RUSHING WEST: Justin Hubbard 26-132, Tim Harris 8-102, Curt Wilson 18-99, Joey Robles 13-17, Josh Albinio 3-12, Charlie OBrien 2-8, Mitch Wood 1-0, Andrew Hawley 1 -(-2), Andrew Farley 1-(-18). EAST: Andy Ellis 10-54, Eric Beasley 11-30, Tim Crawley 1-14, Aaron Mathews 2-10, David Rossiter 3-8, Cheyenne Langston 1-8, Christopher Marcum 4-5, Jake Holcomb 1-1, Brendan Quirke 1 -(-1).
PASSING WEST: Joey Robles 2-9-1-24. EAST: Jake Holcomb 8-15-0-170, Eric Beasley 2-5-0-22.
RECEIVING WEST: Kyle Carpenter 2-24. EAST: Tim Crawley 3-54, Aaron Mathews 2-80, Clint Steen 2-36, Christopher Marcum 1-10, David Rossiter 1-8, Kelby Killgore 1-4.