EAST BEATS WEST 28-10 IN WEST NEBRASKA ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME

Posted 11 months ago

By John Axtell

Colin Deines of Chadron (left) and Lemur Gardner of Gordon-Rushville (52) tackle East QB Austin Cherry of McCook - Photo by Dave Brunz/Star-Herald

Colin Deines of Chadron (left) and Lemur Gardner of Gordon-Rushville (52) tackle East QB Austin Cherry of McCook – Photo by Dave Brunz/Star-Herald

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.

The West trimmed the deficit to 21-10 on Wentz’s record field record at 9:22 of the 3rd quarter, but the East would tack on an insurance score early in the 4th quarter when Cherry and Petersen connected for their second score…this time from 9-yards and without a deflection.
Petersen ended the game with 3 catches for 87 yards while Wudtke had 4 for 69 yards. For the West, Carlson was the leading rusher with 42 yards on 10 carries and Mitch Pancost of Alliance the top receiver with 6 catches for 90 yards.
Quarterbacks Issac Burnham and Luke Johnson of Potter-Dix were 4-for-9 for 90 yards and 7-of-12 for 54 yards respectively.

East    0 21 0 7 — 28

West  7 0 3 0 — 10