West Wins 7th Straight Shrine Bowl Over East, 14-7

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The West All-Stars jumped out to an early lead and did not let it slip away, despite a mutual defensive performance making any lead feel fragile.

A pivotal moment in the first quarter set the tone for the West's eventual 14-7 victory, as a missed opportunity damaged the East early on. Former Heights quarterback Matt Reed pitch to Buhler's Tanner Fisher was never secured, and fell to the ground with three East jerseys in the area. None of them came up with the ball, thanks to Salina South's Darius Peterson, who recovered the loose ball and made the following play possible.

Reed delivered a strike across the middle Abilene's Collin Sexton that turned into a 54 yard touchdown to put the West on the board. Following up with a 2-point conversion, Reed, who was playing in his final football game before attending Oklahoma to wrestle, found McPherson's Jordan Hart camped out just inside the end zone.

An 8-0 lead was in tact until the East's Michael Glatczak ran 55 yards on a quick slant to get the East within a point.

The teams went scoreless from there until the 4th quarter when Hutchinson's Jamon Cotton broke free for a 9 yard score, securing the 14-7 victory.

Cotton was named the West MVP.

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