East wins West Nebraska All-Star Game; Bell named defensive MVP
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County players made their contributions in Saturday’s annual West Nebraska All-Star Football Game in Scottsbluff.
Three Longhorns—Brian Bell, Michael May and Kale Gockley—played on the West Team, whose coaching staff was headed up by Dan Lenners, Chase County’s head coach.
The East took this year’s all-star win, 28-10.
Bell was named the Bill Madden Defensive MVP of the game as a defensive lineman.
May, as a wide receiver, pulled down three West Team passes in the contest for 50 yards.
Gockley played the defensive corner position for the West.
Lenners’ West all-stars scored first early in the opening quarter after Alliance teammates Isaac Burnham and Mitch Pancost teamed up on a 27-yard pass, setting up a three-yard TD run by Elliot Carlson of Perkins County.
But it was a big second quarter for the East, as they scored three times, taking a 21-7 halftime lead.
The West’s final score came in the third on a 47-yard field goal from Scottsbluff’s Randy Wentz, which set an all-star game record by one yard.
Lenners said the West had its chances to score again early in the fourth, but fumbled on the four-yard line.
The East secured the 28-10 win with a nine-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
McCook’s Austin Cherry, who quarterbacked the East to the win, was named the game’s Offensive MVP and also received the Sportsmanship Award for that team.
This year was the first year for the Sportsmanship Award, voted on by the players.
Perkins County’s Blake Poppe earned the sportsmanship honor for the West.
Score by quarters:
East 0 21 0 7—28
West 7 0 3 0—10