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TRINASTICH NAMED MOST INSPIRATIONAL AT SHRINE GAME

July 20, 2014
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TRINASTICH THROWS 2 TD'S AS WEST BEATS EAST--34-10 AT SHRINE GAME. JARED WAS 15-20 PASSING FOR 133 YARDS.

Trinastich earns MVP as West wins Shrine Game

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014

LAUREL — The West team dominated through the air, scoring 34 unanswered points to win the 68th annual Montana East-West Shrine Game 34-10 on Saturday at Laurel High School.

Columbia Falls quarterback Jared Trinastich, headed to Montana Western in the fall for basketball, made good use of his last time on the gridiron. The Wildcat signal caller threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns, earning the Roger Silvernale Memorial Award as the game’s most outstanding player.

The East took advantage of momentum early, scoring a field goal on its first trip down the field, and getting a boost from the West after a promising drive was flipped when the first long pass from Trinastich sailed and was intercepted by Bozeman’s Wyatt David.

Butte quarterback Dallas Cook, who set nearly every state passing record in his distinguished career, got the West on the board, connecting with Helena’s Troy Arntson for 20 yards over the middle and watched as the speedy receiver, who will play at Carroll in the fall, ran another 58 up the seam for the score. Polson’s Brady Hislop connected on the extra point, and four of five in the game, to give the West a 7-3 lead with 3:40 left in the first quarter.

The tide turned quickly, keyed by defensive pressure from a defense led by Whitefish’s Calub Thilmony. Starting at middle linebacker, Thilmony and the West stymied the East at every turn for the rest of the half.

After forcing a three-and-out, Trinastich led the West offense down the field and found former rival Sean Foley of Whitefish on a 22-yard hook to the front corner of the end zone for the team’s second touchdown of the quarter.

Trinastich got it rolling again late in the second quarter, connecting on a fourth down pass to move the ball inside the East 5-yard line. Two plays later, he found Sentinel tight end Tyler Richtmyer leaking out on a play action pass for a four-yard touchdown to give the West a 20-3 lead with less than a minute in the half.

Trinastich finished the first half 11 for 13 passing with 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The West kept the pressure on after the break.

Glacier running back Noah James, who is headed to Montana State, showed he was fully recovered from a leg injury that ended his season in the fall. He punched in a touchdown for the West from a yard out with 4:07 in the third quarter to give the West a 27-3 lead.

Cook connected with Sentinel’s Alex Mustard on a 15-yard touchdown in the final minute of the third to give the West its largest lead of the game.

Backed up to its own goal line with less than six minutes in the game, the East showed signs of life. Bozeman’s Will Weyer, who is headed to Montana, pulling off a hard play action that fooled the entire defense before connecting with Levi Lynde for a 99-yard touchdown, the longest play in Shrine Game history.

Thilmony was named the West defensive MVP, with Cook taking offensive honors. Bozeman running back Hunter Gappmayer was the East offensive MVP and CMR’s Alex Thomas the defensive MVP.

Also on the roster from the area were Flathead offensive tackle Adam Bradley, Glacier offensive tackle Zach Dennehy, Glacier cornerback Evan Epperly and Whitefish cornerback David Rizzolo.

West 34, East 10

West    13    7    14    0    —    34

East    3    0    0    7    —    10

First quarter

East -- Grant Linde 37 field goal, 8:53

West -- Troy Arntson 78 pass from Dallas Cook (Brady Hislop kick), 3:40

West -- Sean Foley 22 pass from Jared Trinastich (kick failed), 1:12

Second quarter

West -- Tyler Richtmyer 4 pass from Trinastich (Hislop kick), :53

Third quarter

West -- Noah James 1 run (Hislop kick), 4:07

West -- Alex Mustard 15 pass from Cook (Hislop kick), :39

Fourth quarter

East -- Levi Lynde 99 pass from Will Weyer (Linde kick), 5:41

 

West defeats East in Montana East-West Shrine Game

Mark D. Robertson 11:07 p.m. MDT July 19, 2014
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Alex Thomas doesn’t need any lectures in humility.

The C.M. Russell High standout, named the East team’s defensive MVP in the West’s 34-10 victory in the 68th annual Montana East-West Shrine Game, was quick to shovel the spotlight off his own accomplishments.

“It’s just an honor to get to play on this field with a lot of these guys who are the best in the state,” said Thomas, who made key stops for a defense that otherwise struggled. “There’s a hell of a lot of great football players out here, especially on the defensive side. It’s just a great feeling to have.”

The University of Montana signee and his CMR teammates certainly earned the respect of East head coach Troy Purcell as well.

“I think those CMR boys – Eric Dawson, (Tyler) Pfennigs and obviously Alex Thomas who won the defensive MVP for us – are an outstanding group of young men,” the Bozeman High coach said.

Despite Thomas’ defensive heroics, it was the West team’s passing game that stole the show Saturday.

Columbia Falls quarterback Jared Trinastich – given the Roger Silvernale Memorial Award as the game’s most outstanding player — completed 11 of 13 pass attempts in the first half alone. He finished with for two touchdowns.

His teammate, Butte QB Dallas Cook, was the West’s offensive MVP and accounted for two touchdown passes of his own.

“They did pick us apart with the pass,” Purcell said. “I guess if I had it to do over … I’d run our three-man front and have another guy to drop back there.”

The East opened the scoring with a 37-yard first-quarter field goal from Simms standout Zeb Bloom.

That’s when the West hit its stride, though, scoring three times before halftime for a comfortable 20-3 intermission advantage.

Not missing a beat after halftime, the West’s defense forced a quick East punt and drove for a score, this time a 2-yard plunge from Glacier’s Noah James.

Cook hit Missoula Big Sky’s Alex Mustard for a 14-yard touchdown pass for the West’s final touchdown.

It was the East team that provided the most exciting play of the game, though, when Bozeman quarterback Will Weyer pulled a hidden ball trick on play action and found Red Lodge’s Levi Lynde – a late addition to the game’s roster – for a 99-yard touchdown strike, the longest in Shrine Game history.

“We score on that quite a few times,” Purcell said with a smile.

Another CMR standout, Eric Dawson, had the rare distinction of playing both offense and defense in the game. The tight end and linebacker made a pair of catches and was in on several tackles.

“We wanted to come out and keep it a closer game, but it didn’t fall our way,” said Dawson, who is headed to Carroll College’s football program this fall. “We couldn’t get the things going that we tried in practice.”

Dawson said the week was just the preparation he needed for a jump to collegiate ball.

“It’s another stepping stone,” he said. “It was a privilege to be asked to come play in this game. It was a lot of fun, and I don’t take it for granted by any means.”

The Rustlers were also represented by linebacker Tyler Pfennigs. Great Falls High lineman Cody Henderson was the lone Bison in this year’s edition of Montana’s longest-running all-star contest.

The East still leads the all-time series 37-31.

Next year, the 69th annual East-West Shrine Game returns to Memorial Stadium in Great Falls.

West 34, East 10

West 13 7 14 0 -- 34

East 3 0 0 7 -- 10

First quarter

East -- Grant Linde 37 field goal, 8:53

West -- Troy Arntson 78 pass from Dallas Cook (Brady Hislop kick), 3:40

West -- Sean Foley 22 pass from Jared Trinastich (kick failed), 1:12

Second quarter

West -- Tyler Richtmyer 4 pass from Trinastich (Hislop kick), :53

Third quarter

West -- Noah James 1 run (Hislop kick), 4:07

West -- Alex Mustard 15 pass from Cook (Hislop kick), :39

Fourth quarter

East -- Levi Lynde 99 pass from Will Weyer (Linde kick), 5:41


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