Posted 4 months ago
By John Axtell
The West scored a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns, the last with just :11 remaining for a 26-19 victory in the 37th annual West Nebraska All-Star football game Saturday night at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff. The East had won 3 straight and still leads the series 22-14-1.
The East got on the board with the first drive of the game, a 33-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Fear of Sutheroand, whose father Brandon was the East Offensive Player of the Game in 1992, to Jordan Lemnhurt of Broken Bow, but the PAT failed.
The West tied the score later in the opening period with a 31-yard bomb from Chadron’s TD Stein, a Chadron State signee, to Trevor Kammerzell of Alliance, like Stein the son of a former CSC sports standouts, but that PAT failed as well. to leave the score tied at 6-6. Kamerzell, MVP of the Panhandle Prep All-Star Basketball game two weeks ago, had 4 first half receptions, but missed most of the second half with a third quarter knee injury.
The East went back on top early in the second quarter when Arapahoe’s Caden Weverka scored on a 10-yard run and Landan Maassen of Hershey kicked the PAT. It stayed 13-6 until early in the fourth quarter when Cozad’s Tanner Evertson returned a pass interception 35 yards for a touchdown, but the East missed the kick again and the score was 19-6.
That was still the score with 6:34 to go when the West launched its comeback as Gering’s Gage Smith, another CSC recruit, ran it in from 4-yards and kicking the PAT. The defense forced a punt and Ogallala’s Dylan Folchert fired a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb DeCora of Bridgeport.
The extra point attempt was blocked, but the West forced another punt and got the ball back at its 40 with 1:38. It took 4 plays and all but 11-seconds left on the clock for the West get the winning score. Logan Lewis of Sidney, headed to Division III Franklin and Marshall in Pennsylvania to play football, capped the rally with a 3-yard td run and Smith’s second PAT made it 26-19.
Lewis, who ran for a game-high 107 yards, was named the West Offensive Player of the Game with defensive honors going to Justus Wallin of Chase County. Evertson’s interception and return brought him defensive honors for the East with Dakota McBride of McCook receiving the offensive award.
The West dominated the statistics, outgaining the East 329-147 with 143 yards rushing and 186 yards passing to the East’s 90 yards on the ground and 72 yards through the air.