Daum, Richards nab West team awards for Shrine Game

GREAT FALLS — Two Butte players were among the five award recipients for their performances in the 69th annual Montana East-West Shrine Game held Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The East took a 19-14 win to expand its lead in the series to 38-31. The annual all-star tilt of senior players from the previous fall’s Montana prep football campaigns raises money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.
Dalton Daum of Butte High was picked the West’s Most Valuable Player on Offense while Kaemen Richards of Butte Central was voted the team’s MVP on Defense. Daum returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown after the East had gained a 19-0 advantage by intermission. Daum also caught three passes for 30 yards and ran the ball one time on a wide-receiver reverse play, gaining 33 yards. He will continue on the gridiron this fall at Montana.
Richards, a linebacker, intercepted a pass to stop an East drive at the 15-yard line and was also among the tackling leaders in the game. Richards will play college ball at Montana Western.
The Silvernale Trophy Award for MVP of the game went to East quarterback Dalton Palmer of Fairfield. He led his team to victory with 131 yards on 23 keepers, and 56 yards passing, completing all four of his attempts. Palmer has also signed with Montana Western.
The East team MVPs were Billings Central running back Holden Ryan on offense and Billings Senior linebacker Jake Clarke on defense. Ryan scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run while rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries. He will play for Montana. Clarke, bound for Montana Tech, intercepted a pass and ran it back 42 yards for the first touchdown of the game. He was also among the leading tacklers in the contest.
The announcements were made after the game.
Butte will be the host of next summer’s East-West Shrine Game.

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