The 36th annual West Nebraska All-Star Football Game at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff wasn’t a one-man show, but it felt like it at times Saturday night as the East won 28-10.
The West had no answer for East quarterback Austin Cherry of McCook, who accounted for all 4 of his team’s touchdowns – completing 9-of-13 passes for 205 yards and 3 tds while rushing for 63 yards and the other touchdown.
Cherry was named both the East Bill Madden MVP and the East Sportsmanship winner…a new award this year chosen by a vote of the players earlier in the week.
The West Madden award went to Brian Bell of Imperial-Chase County while Blake Poppe of Grant-Perkins County was the West Sportsmanship winner.
There was one record set in the game as Scottbluff’s Randy Wentz kicked a 47-yard field goal to break the old mark of 46-yards set back in 1994 by Pete Shannon of Alliance.
The West opened the game with its best drive, marching down the field to take a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard td run by Elliot Carlson of Perkins County.
It stayed 7-0 until early in the 2nd quarter, when Cherry ran for 6-yards to tie the score. Cherry put the East in the lead for good with 6:56 left on a 30-yard td pass to McCook teammate Cody Wudtke, but the turning point of the game came with 3:38 to go in the half.
The West looked ready to tie the game when Jordan Wetovick of Eustis-Farnam came up with an interception on his own 4-yard line. The East cashed in on the turnover, thanks to a little luck as Zane Petersen of Cambridge came up with a deflected Cherry pass for a 70-yard td and a 21-7 halftime lead.