In an exciting early 8-Man DII All-Star Game on Saturday morning and afternoon at Trojan Field in Beloit, the West All-Stars used a score in the final minute and a turnover on downs from the East to pull out a 36-28 win.

The East actually gained the momentum early.  On just their fourth play from scrimmage, they scored on a 48-yard pass from Hanover’s Jacob Jueneman to fellow TVL receiver Mitchell Buessing of Axtell.  Colin Jueneman of Hanover added a 2-point conversion run to put the East up 8-0.

After holding the West to a 3-and-out, the East struck again in just three plays as Jacob Jueneman hit Colin Jueneman on a 59-yard swing pass on a 3rd and 13 play to extend the lead to 14-0.

The East defense would pitch a shutout in the first half as the team went to the locker room with the 14-0 score.

The West went three-and-out on their first second half drive, but a fumbled punt was recovered by the West at the East 27 yard line.  However, a turnover on downs gave the ball back to the East.  Needing a break, the West squad got it three plays later.  Stafford’s Kleyton Schreiber intercepted Jacob Jueneman and returned it 22 yards to the house and Colton McCarty of Cheylin added the two-point run to cut the East lead to 14-8.

The East responded on their next drive as Jacob Jueneman finished a 7-play, 54-yard drive with a 13-yard TD run and he added the 2-point run to put the East up 22-8 going into the fourth quarter.

The East lead did not hold up long, as two seconds into the fourth, McCarty ran a touchdown in from a yard out and connected with St. Francis back Shadryon Blanka on the two-point pass to cut the East lead to 22-16.

The East offense followed with another three-and-out and two plays later, McCarty found Blanka on a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 22.

From there, each team had drives that ended in a punt, as the East took over at their own four yard line with 5:40 remaining.  Two plays later, Jesse Baxter of St. Francis made a big defensive play to force a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Trevor Zarybnicky of Wheatland-Grinnell to give the West a 28-22 lead.

Not to be outdone, the East had an answer.  They finished a five-play drive with the longest pass play from scrimmage in 8-Man All-Star Game history.  The tandem of Jacob and Colin Jueneman from Hanover connected again, this time on a 71-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 12 that tied the game at 28 with 2:39 remaining.

The West was not rattled, though, as they went 65 yards in just five plays capped with a 2-yard run by McCarty of Cheylin, as Blanka ran in the two-pointer to put the West up 36-28 with just 59 seconds remaining.  After an East turnover on downs with 38 seconds remaining, McCarty took a knee to seal the win.

McCarty, who led Cheylin to a 6-Man State title in the fall, came up big for the DII West.  He finished 12-16 for 182 yards and a touchdown passing and also ran for two scores.  Blanka was the leading receiver for West with three catches for 70 yards.  Jacob Jueneman finished 16-23 for 268 yards and three touchdown passes for the East.  Colin Jueneman finished with nine catches for 187 yards and two scores.

 

Scoring Summary

1st, East: Buessing 48 pass from J. Jueneman (C. Jueneman run), 10:22 (8-0 East)

1st, East: C. Jueneman 59 pass from J. Jueneman (PAT failed), 6:05 (14-0 East)

3rd, West: Schreiber 22 interception return (McCarty run), 5:46 (14-8 East)

3rd, East: J. Jueneman 13 run (J. Jueneman run), 2:39 (22-8 East)

4th, West: McCarty 1 run (Blanka pass from McCarty), 11:58 (22-16 East)

4th, West: Blanka 52 pass from McCarty (PAT failed), 9:06 (22-22 Tie)

4th, West: Zarybnicky fumble recovery in end zone (PAT failed), 5:40 (28-22 West)

4th, East: C. Jueneman 71 pass from J. Jueneman (PAT failed), 2:39 (28-28 Tie)

4th, West: McCarty 2 run (Blanka run), 0:59 (36-28 West)

 

DII All-Star Game Stats:

                     East West

Total Offense:  276 338

Rush Offense:    8 142

Pass Offense:   268 196

Penalties: 4-50    4-30

 

Score by Quarters:

          1st     2nd    3rd   4th   Total

East     14     0       8       6     28

West     0      0       8      28     36

 

Individual Rushing:
East: C. Jueneman 10-25, PAT; Gerstner 2-6; Cornelison 2-0; J. Jueneman 7-(-23), TD, PAT

West: Pruitt 7-36; Blanka 18-31, PAT; McCarty 11-25, 2 TD, PAT; Weinhold 2-18; Perez 2-17; Robles 3-13; Wolf 1-3; Hause 1-(-1)

 

Individual Passing:
East: J. Jueneman 16-23-268, 3 TD, 2 INT

West: McCarty 12-16-182, TD, PAT; Wolf 1-1-14

 

Individual Receiving:
East: C. Jueneman 9-187, 2 TD; Buessing 1-48, TD; Gerstner 4-10; Ferguson 1-8; Cornelison 1-5

West: Wolf 3-75; Blanka 3-70, TD, PAT; Robles 3-31; Perez 4-20

Dusty grew up on a farm south of WaKeeney, KS and in 7th grade decided he wanted to do sports play-by-play on the radio. After graduating from Trego Community High School in 2001, he obtained a Radio Broadcasting degree from Colby Community College in 2003. He began working as Sports Director at KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 in July of 2003 and has been in the position ever since. Deines was the 2016-17 KSHSAA Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year and has won numerous awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. When he's not traveling the state covering the area sports teams, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending college and professional sporting events and helping advocate for those with muscle disease, including Dermatomyositis, of which Dusty is a survivor.