East blasts West 48-27 in Shrine Bowl

By Steve Sell
July 31, 2016

EMPORIA — After years of West dominance, the East is starting to turn the tide.

In the highest-scoring game in the 43 years of the Kansas Football Shrine Bowl, the East raced to a 48-27 victory over the West on Saturday, its third victory in the last four years.

The West, though, still leads the series 26-16-1.

The East sprinted to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter, but the West answered with 20 quick points to take the lead. Just before the half, though, the East scored to take a 26-20 lead into the locker room.

It was mostly East in the second half as it easily was the better team behind the running of Topeka High’s Mike McCoy, who finished with a record-tying four touchdowns.

The East’s defense accounted for two scores, one on an interception return and the other on a fumble return.

This was a fan-friendly game as the West piled up 421 yards of total offense to 381 for the East. McCoy ran for 89 yards on 13 carries.

Rossville’s Tucker Horack was dynamite in leading the East offense, as he was a triple threat. He ran for 77 yards in the first half alone and later caught four passes.

Derby’s Brady Rust rushed for 54 yards, but 45 came on one carry. Abilene’s Harley Hazelett, normally a quarterback when he played against McPherson High, had three catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

McPherson High’s Jake Nikkel played in the offensive line for the West team, which marked the ninth straight year an MHS player had been selected.