The East All-Stars set a rushing record Saturday, piling up more than 300 yards on the ground as it upended the West 20-0 in the annual West Nebraska All-Star Football Game at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff.
The East rushed for an unofficial 306 yards, surpassing the 30-year-old record of 269 yards set by the West in 1982. On top of that, defensive most valuable player Jeremy Callahan of Lexington set the field-goal kicking record by booting two field goals and two extra points for eight points. The previous best was seven points by Alliance’s Pete Shannon in 1994.
The offensive MVP went to McCook’s Austen Sis, a lineman who helped open holes for the East’s plethora of running backs. The East was led in rushing by Gothenburg’s Tyler Eden with 63 yards, followed by Cambridge’s Ethan Long with 56, and North Platte’s Dillon Wordekemper with 53.
Callahan said while it was an honor to be named the MVP, he couldn’t have earned the award without the rest of the team.
“This is huge, but I couldn’t have done it without all the other guys,” he said. “This is the greatest group of guys that I have played with.”
The East’s offense was effective in earning its second straight win against the West. The East had 85 offensive plays to the West’s 45. The East also controlled the time of possession as it drove the ball down the field often, scoring two touchdowns and setting up Callahan for two field goals.
It was Callahan who set the tone early as he picked off the West quarterback on the third possession of the game.
“There was great coverage all the way around [on that interception], and their quarterback didn’t have anybody to go to, and he threw it toward me up for grabs,” he said. “I am just going to be an athlete and make that play.”
The East opened the scoring with a minute left in the first quarter as they put together a 12-play drive that ended in a Callahan 27-yard field goal with a minute left in the first quarter.
The East pushed the lead to 10-0 with just 8.8 seconds left in the first half after another long drive. This time, the East put together a 15-play drive that covered 79 yards as North Platte St. Pat’s Thatcher Vap went the final 3 yards for the score.
The East continued it’s dominance by taking the opening kick off in the second half and putting together a 13-play drive that resulted in a Callahan 24-yard field for a 13-0 led.
The East capped off the scoring with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Vap, who plans to walk on the University of Wyoming football team next year, picked up his second score on a 1-yard run with 6:07 left in the game.