East-West Shrine Game: A Look Back on a Great Weekend
The East-West Shrine game has been a classic game since 1925. This game is a way to have the players who accepted invitations to shine. They get a chance to be coached by NFL coaches for a week leading up to the game. The players get to show their skills to the numerous scouts that were also on hand. They played in front of a crowd 19,654. The crowd was into the game since the opening kickoff. The coaches on each of the sidelines were yelling and screaming when the players did good and bad.
The West team came out from the opening kick and when quarterback Brett Rypien drove write down the field. He would hit running back Nick Brossette with a touchdown pass. These players looked like they had been playing together all season. The East team defense looked confused and there were many shaking heads as they came to the sidelines. They would come out on offense and would be off the field in hurry.
The West would get their first turnover in the middle of the second quarter. It would happen on a pass attempt. The West would take the ball down the field. On the next play, they would have a running touchdown by Devine Ozigbo. The East would have no answer. They did, on the other hand, keep the West team off the scoreboard. The game would go into the half with the West-leading 14-0.
The East would get the ball to start the second half but continued to struggle. On their second position quarterback, Taylor Cornelius would throw his first of two interceptions. The West would take one play quarterback Easton Stick would hook up with Shawn Poindexter on a 22-yard touchdown pass. At the time The West was showing they were the stronger team. The East mid-way through the third quarter would finally find some rhythm. They would drive down deep into West territory and quarterback David Blough would hook up with wide receiver Terry Goodwin II for a 6-yard touchdown pass. This was the momentum switch that the East was looking for.
The East team would hold the West on their next position. They would take the drive and have the same two players hook up again and draw the game within 7 points. The game had taken a turn and now it was a ball game with one quarter left. The East team would once again come up big and stop the West. They would take their next position and drive down and get a field goal and now they trailed 21-17. Now all they had to do was stop the West again but unfortunately, they would run out of time. The West would win the game 21-17.
This East-West Shrine game was so fun to watch. These players were showing that they deserve to get an invite to the combine or being considered for the upcoming NFL draft. The West team made the plays when they needed, although they had 3 turnovers. The East team would attempt a comeback. However, their attempt would just fall short. The players all, of course, will take these memories with them. Especially the hospital visit with the children. This game has greater meaning as it helps the Shriners Hospital and the millions of children that receive assistance from the hospitals.
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