BY DUSTY DEINES
8-MAN ALL-STAR RADIO NETWORK
BELOIT – The West Division 2 All-Stars outscored the East 28-6 in the final quarter to steal a 36-28 all-star football victory. Cheylin’s Colton McCarty scored on a 2-yard run to break a 28-28 tie with 59 seconds left. St. Francis back Shadryon Blanka added the 2-point conversion. The West rolled 65 yards in five plays.
The East gained the momentum early. On their fourth play from scrimmage, Hanover’s Jacob Jueneman completed a 48-yard TD pass to fellow TVL receiver Mitchell Buessing of Axtell. Hanover's Colin Jueneman added a 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
After holding the West to a 3-and-out, the East struck as Jacob Jueneman hit Colin Jueneman on a 59-yard swing pass on a 3rd-and-13 play for a 14-0 lead. The East defense sparked a 14-0 halftime lead.
Needing a break, Stafford’s Kleyton Schreiber intercepted Jacob Jueneman and returned it 22 yards to the house. Cheylin’s McCarty added the two-point run to cut the East lead to 14-8.
The East responded on their next drive as Jacob Jueneman finished a 7-play, 54-yard drive with a 13-yard TD run and he added the 2-point run to put the East up 22-8 going into the fourth quarter.
The East lead did not hold up long, as two seconds into the fourth, McCarty ran a touchdown in from a yard out and connected with St. Francis back Shadryon Blanka on the two-point pass to cut the East lead to 22-16.
The East followed with another three-and-out and two plays later, McCarty found Blanka on a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 22.
From there, each team had drives that ended in a punt, as the East took over at their own four yard line with 5:40 remaining. Two plays later, Jesse Baxter of St. Francis made a big defensive play to force a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Trevor Zarybnicky of Wheatland-Grinnell to give the West a 28-22 lead.
Not to be outdone, the East had an answer. They finished a five-play drive with the longest pass play from scrimmage in 8-Man All-Star Game history. The tandem of Jacob and Colin Jueneman from Hanover connected again, this time on a 71-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 12 that tied the game at 28 with 2:39 remaining.
McCarty, who led Cheylin to a 6-Man State title in the fall, came up big for the DII West. He finished 12-16 for 182 yards and a touchdown passing and also ran for two scores. Blanka was the leading receiver for West with three catches for 70 yards. Jacob Jueneman finished 16-23 for 268 yards and three touchdown passes for the East. Colin Jueneman finished with nine catches for 187 yards and two scores.
East 14 0 8 6—28
West 0 0 8 28—36
E—Buessing 48 pass from J. Jueneman (C. Jueneman run), 10:22
E—C. Jueneman 59 pass from J. Jueneman, 6:05
W—Schreiber 22 interception return (McCarty run), 5:46
E—J. Jueneman 13 run (J. Jueneman run), 2:39
W—McCarty 1 run (Blanka pass from McCarty), 11:58
W—Blanka 52 pass from McCarty, 9:06
W—Zarybnicky fumble recovery in end zone, 5:40
E—C. Jueneman 71 pass from J. Jueneman, 2:39
W—West: McCarty 2 run (Blanka run), 0:59
EAST—21-8; C. Jueneman 10-25; Gerstner 2-6; Cornelison 2-0; J. Jueneman 7-(-23); WEST—45-142; Pruitt 7-36; Blanka 18-31; McCarty 11-25; Weinhold 2-18; Perez 2-17; Robles 3-13; Wolf 1-3; Hause 1-(-1)
EAST—J. Jueneman 16-23-2, 268; WEST—McCarty 12-16-0, 182; Wolf 1-1-0, 14
EAST—C. Jueneman 9-187; Buessing 1-48; Gerstner 4-10; Ferguson 1-8; Cornelison 1-5; WEST—Wolf 3-75; Blanka 3-70; Robles 3-31; Perez 4-20