HAYS — The West has been the best for most of the last decade in the Kansas Shrine Bowl Football Game, but the East was a beast on Saturday.
The East dominated the line of scrimmage for a shocking 21-0 rout, only its second win in the series in the last 10 years.
McPherson’s Ty Hart started at linebacker for the West and had a good game as he was in on several stops. But his team’s offense — it opted for what proved to be the ill-fated single-wing — produced a measly 136 yards.
The East’s Tony Barksdale Jr., who is headed for Coffeyville Community College after an All-State year at Shawnee Heights, was the game’s MVP with 59 yards rushing, 53 receiving and he threw a halfback pass for another 68 yards in what was a versatile performance.
The East led 14-0 at the half and then hit on an 84-yard TD pass from Troy’s Tristan Speer to Blue Valley Northwest’s Dalton Schoen to start the second half. Schoen broke the Shrine Bowl record for receiving yards in the game with 169.
The West still holds a 26-15-1 in the series.