8-Man All Star Games held in Beloit
BELOIT, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - For the 21st time, the annual 8-man all start games went down Saturday in Beloit, with the East and West side splitting the two games.
In the early game for Division 1, the East side jumped out to a commanding 36-0 halftime lead, one that grew to as much as 42 points before the West made a valiant comeback effort. That came up just short, however, with the East proving to be too much in a 54-30 win. Sedan graduate Brec Long did a little bit of everything for the East, rushing for an all-star game record 6 touchdowns, four of those coming in the first half. In total, the East’s starting QB rushed for 242 yards, while his teammate Dylan Hynes from Solomon came up just shy of hitting the century mark on the ground with 98 rush yards.
The West was paced by Ashton Dowell behind center, utilizing the air game to outgain the East overall in the second half comeback attempt. The Hoxie alum passed for more than 350 yards for the day, including 171 to Hill City’s Derek Keith.
Then in the Division 2 all star game, the scoring was not nearly as prevalent with the West coming out on top of the defense heavy game 20-14. After a scoreless first quarter, the second started with an East side pick, leading to a long score from Osborne’s Mason Schurr. But that lead didn’t last, with Wheatland-Grinnell’s Trey Vincent hitting Tucher Uhl from South Central for the game tying score. The West then used a double pass with Vincent on the receiving end of a Nate Bowman pass to give the West a lead they never relinquished. Vincent added another passing TD after the break, capping a day where he threw for 229 yards and the two scores.
Kylan Cunningham of Lakeside paced the East behind center, throwing for a TD of his own in the second half and ending the day with 176 yards through the air.
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