East Dominates West 58-6 in Division I All-Star Game


In Saturday’s 8-Man DI All-Star Game at Trojan Field in Beloit, the DI East All-Stars took control of the game early and never looked back as they controlled the trenches and dominated the West in a 58-6 victory.

The East struck first, taking their first possession 67 yards in just four plays.  On the second play from scrimmage, a 52-yard pass from Cade Miller of West Elk to Jacob Burdine of Solomon set up great field position.  The East finished the drive with a 6-yard TD run by Logan/Palco’s David Thompson,  The run failed as the East led 6-0 just 1:37 into the game.

The West was forced to punt on their first drive.  The East then just needed two plays to go 51 yards, as the drive was capped by another touchdown run from Thompson.  The East led 12-0 after another failed 2-point attempt.

On the next drive for the West, Riley Allen of Logan/Palco intercepted a pass from West QB Maverick Green of Rawlins County and returned it 33 yards to the West 37.  The ensuing possession for the East took just two plays to go 51 yards and score.  Miller ran in a TD from 36 yards out.  Bennington’s J.J. Allen caught the 2-point pass to put the East up 20-0 with 4:24 remaining in the 1st.  That would be the score after 1.

The East struck first in the 2nd quarter as well.  Just nine seconds in, Burlingame’s Tristan Lee sacked Green in the end zone for a safety to give the East a 22-0 lead.

Three drives stalled from there, but on the 2nd offensive possession of the 2nd quarter for the East, they hit paydirt again.  After a short West punt set the East up at the West 12, Thompson ran for his third touchdown of the day, this time from 12 yards out.  He also added the two point conversion to give the East a 30-0 lead with 8:28 remaining in the half.

As the West was being controlled on the offensive line by the East’s down lineman Lee, Anthony Albertini of St. Paul, Jake Thompson of Burlingame, Andrew Capsey of Solomon and others, the West had to punt again on their next drive.

Taking over at the West 29, the East used seven plays capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Osborne’s Denton Schurr.  Schurr added the two-point conversion to extend the East lead to 38-0 with 2:26 left in the half, as the East ended up heading to the locker room with that lead.

The West finally got something going on their first drive of the 2nd half.  They used 5:24 seconds to go 65 yards in 13 plays.  The drive was completed with a 2-yard touchdown run from Hoxie’s Chris Cox.  The East lead was at 38-6 after a failed PAT.

The East wasted no time responding.  On the first play of their next possession, Miller scored his second rushing TD of the day, going 65 yards for the score.  He added a 2-point pass to Allen to put the East up 46-6 with 6:24 left in the 3rd.

In a tough situation, the West tried a fake punt on fourth down on their next possession, but the East wasn’t fooled, taking over at the West 37 after a stop.  Five plays later, Miller hit Allen on a 1-yard TD pass to give the East a 52-6 lead.

The East scored one more time in the 4th on a 20-yard TD pass from St. Paul’s Braven Born to Colton Noonan from Burlingame.  That was the final score of the game in the 58-6 win for the East.  The 52-point win was the largest margin of victory in 8-Man All-Star Game history.  With the victory, the East has now narrowed the gap in the overall series count, as the West leads the Division I series 10-8.

Scoring Summary

1st, East: D. Thompson 6 run (run failed), 10:23 (6-0 East)

1st, East: D. Thompson 13 run (pass failed), 8:21 (12-0 East)

1st, East: Miller 36 run (Allen pass from Miller), 4:24 (20-0 East)

2nd, East: Safety, 11:51 (22-0 East)

2nd, East: D. Thompson 12 run (D. Thompson run), 8:28 (30-0 East)

2nd, East: Schurr 3 run (Schurr run), 2:26 (38-0 East)

3rd, West: Cox 2 run (run failed), 6:36 (38-6 East)

3rd, East: Miller 65 run (Allen pass from Miller), 6:24 (44-6 East)

3rd, East: Allen 1 pass from Miller (run failed), 2:33 (52-6 East)

4th, East: Noonan 20 pass from Born (run failed), 3:40 (58-6 East)


DI All-Star Game Stats:

East     West

Total Offense:  359     206

Rush Offense:  229      81

Pass Offense:   130     125

Penalties:          3-20     1-5


Score by Quarters:

1st     2nd    3rd   4th   Total

East     20       18      14     6      58

West     0         0        6      0       6


Individual Rushing:

East: Miller 9-125, 2 TD; D. Thompson 11-43, 3 TD; Allen: 4-38; Born: 1-2

West: Green 19-36; Sites 4-28; Barton 1-10; Schwarz 3-7; Cox 3-0, TD

Individual Passing:

East: Miller 4-5-101, TD; Born 2-2-29, TD

West: Green 10-21-125, 3 INT


Individual Receiving:

East: Burdine 1-52; Allen 3-48, TD; Noonan 1-20, TD; Marten 1-10

West: Barton 5-68; Sites 2-23; Rein 1-15; Parr 1-14; Schwarz 1-5

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.