East Breaks West's 7-Game Win Streak with 22-19 Shrine Bowl Victory

By: KAKE Sports Email
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The West's Shrine Bowl win streak is over, but not without one heck of a fight.

Saturday's Shrine Bowl will be remembered as one of the best games in the event's 40 year history after the East sealed the victory on a final desperation attempt from the West squad as the clock expired.

The 22-19 final is the closest final score in a Kansas Shrine Bowl since 2008, and only the third time in 19 years a winner was determined by 3 points or less.

The West got on the board when Markus Phox passed to Drew Kite in the end zone off a fake field goal call, but the East responded on the ensuing drive with a touchdown run from Hiawatha's Denzel Chilcoat.

David Cardinal put the West back in front on a third quarter rushing score but a 13-6 lead would not hold. A touchdown reception from Tye Hughes and a successful 2-point conversion put the East back on top heading into the fourth quarter.

Salina South's Cody Busby took a handoff from Bishop Carroll's Zeke Palmer and rumbled for a 6 yard score with 6:09 to play and the West enjoyed a 19-14 lead.

But on the ensuing drive, the East faced a 4th-and-4 situation in which they opted for a halfback pass call. The play unfolded as designed, with Conley Wilkins faking a rush attempt only to toss downfield to a wide open Austin Moses in the end zone. Moses also corralled the 2-point try on a highlight catch, giving the East the 3 point lead. That lead would prove insurmountable for the West only when Palmer attempted a deep pass to Kite in the back of the end zone with 1:30 to play, but Spencer Bernhardt from Pittsburg intercepted the pass.

Bernhardt provided the game's only turnover, which led to the East running the clock down to the 30 second mark before punting it away. Palmer would be sacked on the first play of the final series and, after spiking the 2nd down snap, the final pass was caught on a hook-and-ladder design, but Busby was brought down at the 20 yard line.

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