BY JIM MISUNAS
DODGE CITY — Great Bend quarterback Koy Brack completed the first touchdown pass for the winning West Shrine Bowl team Saturday night. Brack completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to McPherson High's Gabe Hoover. The West team covered 39 yards in five plays that started with Larry Wilson's 11-yard run.
The West overpowered the East 26-7 to capture the 46th Kansas Shrine Bowl. The West leads the series 28-17-1. Pratt's Travis Theis rushed for 79 yards to lead the West's 218-yard ground game. The West completed nine passes for 141 yards for 359 yards total offense.
Brack completed three of eight passes for 18 yards. He was sidelined for part of the game after a late-hit penalty against Mill Valley's Ben Henson for roughing the passer.
Maize High quarterback Caleb Grill directed the West to three touchdown drives. Grill completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Phillipsburg's Trey Sides for a 13-0 lead on a 76-yard scoring drive. Sides leaped for a 32-yard reception on the previous play.
Hesston's Parker Roth made the game's biggest play with a fumble recovery at the East's 27-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. Grill completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Valley Center's Larry Wilson, who beat Paola's Brendan Ohlmeier, for a 20-0 halftime lead.
The East's Jack Roberts scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Roberts completed key passes to Blue Valley North's Cameron Burt and Pittsburg's Dylan White for first downs.
Salina Central's Taylor Peters scored on a 13-yard run for the West's second-half touchdown after Valley Center's Wilson dashed 40 yards.
The West's Tristan Kulp of Riley County and the East's Caleb Hentzen of Labette County intercepted passes.
East 0 0 7 0 — 7
West 6 14 0 6 — 26
W—Gabe Hoover 14 pass from Koy Brack (run failed)—2:31
W—Kyle Sides 13 pass from Caleb Grill (Taylon Peters kick)—5:01
W—Larry Wilson 22 pass from Grill (Peters kick)—4:19
E—Jack Roberts 5 run (Dagen Goodner kick)—5:18
W—Peters 13 run (kick failed)—5:06
RUSHING—WEST—41-218; Travis Theis (Pratt) 15-79; Wilson (Valley Center) 4-68; Peters (Salina Central) 13-66; K'Vonte Baker (Wichita Heights) 4-12; Brack (Great Bend) 1-4; Parker Roth (Hesston) 2-1; Grill (Maize) 2-(-12); EAST—33-51; Jack Roberts (SM South) 18-26; Blaine Hinrichs (Olpe) 6-15; Daymonn Sanchez (Olathe North) 2-10; Dalton Kellum (Perry-Lecompton) 2-10; Jordan White (Washburn Rural) 2-(-5).
PASSING—WEST—9-21-1, 141; Grill (Maize) 5-11-1, 89; Brack (Great Bend) 3-8-0, 18; Trey Sides (Phillipsburg) 1-1-0, 34; Theis (Pratt) 0-1-0; EAST—Roberts (SM South) 10-23-0, 97; Jordan White (Washburn Rural) 0-2-1.
RECEIVING—WEST—Trey Sides (Phillipsburg) 3-56; Parker Roth (Hesston) 2-38; Wilson (Valley Center) 2-33; Hoover (McPherson) 1-14; Theis 1-0; EAST—Dylan White (Pittsburg) 5-52; Cameron Burt (BV North) 2-21; Kellum (Perry) 1-17; Sanchez (Olathe North) 2-7.