by Ben Ennis
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – The 91st East-West Shrine Game initially appeared to be a total East Squad domination during first-half play with the east team taking a 9-0 half-time lead. Then enters Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. (3) in the second half. Leading the West squad, Adams accounted for more than 200 yards of offense. He went 6-for-9 passing for 191 yards and rushed for 24 yards. And Adams drives led to three touchdown passes and a field goal. His effort earned him Offensive Player MVP Honors.
The fast pace and entertaining game produced individual stats as follows:
The East passing leader was Jake Rudock 8/14 C/ATT for 77 yds. The West passing lead was Vernon Adams, Jr. 6/9 C/ATT for 191 yds.
The East rushing leader was Josh Ferguson 8 CAR for 33 yds. The West rushing leader was Daniel Lasco 6 CAR for 62 yds.
The East receiving leader was Chris Brown 3 REC for 42 yds. The West receining leader was Danny Anthrop 5 REC for 120 yds.
The most Outstanding Defensive Player Award went to Wisconsin safety Mike Caputo who grabbed two key interceptions. One of Caputo’s interceptions came off fellow Wisconsin teammate and quarterback Joel Stave.
Game information notes that the Shrine Game is the longest running college all-star football game in the country. The game is played to help benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Presently, there are 22 locations providing innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education.
by Ben Ennis