East-West Shrine Game: The West Slips Past The East
The 93rd Annual East-West Shrine Game, hosted at Tropicana Field, in Saint Petersburg, FL, was destined to be an amazing game from the beginning. Both East and West teams had started the week off with multiple media visits and interviews. In spite of this, the most memorable moment was when the teams visited the Shriners Hospital to put a smile on all the patients there. But, as the teams took the field for pregame warmups, fans, members of media, and most importantly, NFL Scouts, started to fill in their perspective areas and watch an amazing game unfold.
The teams met in the middle of the field after the National Anthem and proceeded with the coin toss. the West won the coin toss and deferred, kicking the ball off to the East to start the game. J.T. Barrett, of Ohio State University, started at quarterback for the East and was unable to create anything, after being sacked for a loss of 12 yards on third down. The West started their first drive with Nic Shimonek, from Texas Tech University, at quarterback. After two powerful runs by Phillip Lindsay, the West was able to drive down the field. Yet after stalling on 3rd and 1, the West attempted a field goal, that was wide right!
The East started to build a drive behind D’Ernest Johnson, but when J.T. Barrett threw a backward pass into the ground, Natrell Jamerson was there to scoop it up and run it back for a touchdown, to give the West the lead before the end of the first quarter 7-0. The East received the ball again but was unable to get a drive going, after going three and out in one minute.
The West started the second quarter with the ball. They were looking to extend their lead. Unfortunately, they were unable to do so and gave the ball back to the East. The East came out with Quarterback Riley Ferguson from Memphis University to start the second quarter and was unfortunately unable to get a spark on offense. The East punted the ball off again. With the East switching quarterbacks, the West followed suit. Quarterback Nick Stevens, from Colorado State University, was attempting to spark a drive but led the West to another three and out.
Neither team seemed to find a stride on offense. Still, after two penalties on the East, the West was able to build a meaningful drive right before halftime. However, that was stopped short and the ball was given back to the East. Ferguson was able to get a big pass to Daurice Fountain to put the ball within field goal range. The East wanted to end the half with some points on the board. They were successful with a field goal. With that, the West led 7-3 at halftime.
The second half started, with the West receiving the ball first. Jeremiah Briscoe from Sam Houston University started the half. Nonetheless, with the third change at quarterback, the West was still unable to get anything going. The East was finally able to capitalize. Getting a J.T. Barrett touchdown pass to defensive end Marcus Martin from Slippery Rock University. This gave the East the lead 10-7 to end the 3rd Quarter.
The start of the 4th Quarter, the West and the East teams went back and forth on defense. Stopping each team from making big-time drives. However, the West was looking to tie the game or even win the game. They got a big-time touchdown from WR Dunbar for 14-10 lead late in the game. The East, led by J.T. Barrett, attempted to regain the lead and win. Nevertheless, they came up short in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game. The East lost the game 14-10. Both teams showed an enormous amount of heart and talent on the field. These players will do great things in the NFL.