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WEST BEATS EAST--34 10 AT SHRINE GAME

July 20, 2014
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WEST BEATS EAST--34 10 AT SHRINE GAME

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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