The large crowd at Alumni Coliseum for the 31st Bob Cleverley 8-Man All-Star Football Game got its money’s worth Saturday night — all in the second quarter.
The Red and Blue team combined for 58 points in the second 15 minutes of play on the Bob Green turf in a wild, cool June night in the Mining City.
Red, a team made up of players from the Western and Eastern Divisions, came out on top 36-22 in the second quarter and won the game 72-42.
The Red team forced seven turnovers, and that was easily the difference in a game that saw the Blue, with players from the Northern and Southern Divisions, rack up more total yards than the victors.
“Turnovers are always the things that kill you,” said Blue head coach Jeff Graham of Belt.
Then when things went right for the Blue offense, the Red always had a really fast answer.
“We cut it to two scores a couple of times, then right away they’d get a score and get it back to 20,” Graham said. “It seems like we could never get it back to single digits.”
James Reilly earned defensive MVP honors for the Red team. He picked off two passes and racked up interception returns totaling more than 100 yards.
“We had the talent, we had the team, and we just put it together. It was great,” Riley, from Broadus, said after receiving his MVP plaque. “There was just a ton of talent on this team. Guys were flying all over. Everybody was playing good out there. It was an awesome week.”
Shayne Cochran from Culbertson/Bainville got the scoring started with a 51-yard touchdown gallop in the first quarter.
The Blue team answered to tie the game at 6 when future Montana Tech player Zeb Bloom hit Isaiah Dunk of Power Dutton/Brady for a 32-yard TD strike.
Drummond star Kevin Oberweiser, the Red team’s offensive MVP dove into the end zone for a 1-yard run to put the Red on top for good at 12-6 with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left on the game.
“It’s a special honor to be an offensive MVP when you play with such high talent and so many quality players in a game like this,” said Oberweiser, a future MSU-Northern basketball player.
As soon as the second-quarter started, the craziness began.
Red made it 20-6 when bruising fullback Chase Bertelsen from Wibaux bulldozed his way in for a 2-yard score and Cochran scored the 2-point conversion.
Blue answered with a 3-yard run by Holden Maki of Belt before Red shot right back with a 42-yard TD pass from Philipsburg’s Jerry Metesh to Circle’s Dolan Taylor.
Right after a Riley interception return, Jacen Peterson, a Charlo wrestler heading to Arizona State, hit Bishop for a 13-yard score on a halfback pass.
A record-breaking play — because for the first time the game was played on a 100-yard field instead of an 80-yard gridiron — got the Blue back to within 35-20. Maki hit Absarokee’s Braden Collins for an 81-yard strike.
Red, though, again answered with a trick play. Seeley running back Christian Cahoon threw back across the field to Metesh, the quarterback, and the play went for a 59-yard score. Then Red made it 48-20 with an Oberweiser-to-Bishop 13-yard TD.
Blue capped the high-scoring quarter when Bloom threw a dart to Ian Glennie of Broadview/Lavina for a 28-yard TD 7 seconds before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Blue team used a lot of clock and capped a long drive with an 11-yard TD pass from Maki to Ennis star Chad Johnerson, pulling within 48-34.
It took the Red less than a minute to answer. Oberweiser found Bishop again, this time for a 67-yard score. Bishop caught three passes for 93 yards and three TDs.
The Blue team gave up a safety on purpose to make the score 57-34 early in the third quarter. That’s because the game rules dictates that the team that scores when trailing by that much gets the ensuing kickoff.
The move, though, didn’t pay off, and the Red squad scored the next two touchdowns.
Cochran added a 15-yard run before Peterson, who picked off two passes, scampered for a 43-yard score.
Blue, which fought until the end, capped the scoring when Jory Fisher of White Sulphur Springs squirted into the end zone for a 4-yard score with 1:01 left in the game.
That was followed by an act of sportsmanship that brought fans of each side to their feet.
Harlowton star Matt Murnion dislocated his shoulder in practice Wednesday. He suited up for the game, but wasn’t cleared to play.
Murnion, though, was sent into the game as tailback for the 2-point conversion. The Red team stood back and allowed Murnion to score untouched up the middle.
Players from both sides congratulated Murnion, who, like many in the game, were playing their last football game.
Maki, who passed for 290 yards, was named the offensive MVP for the Blue. Fort Benton’s Brandon Ereaux was the Blue’s defensive MVP.
After the game, it was hard to tell which team won and which team lost as fans from both sides gave their boys a hero’s welcome.
Oberweiser said the game was all that he expected and more.
“It was much more, actually,” Oberweiser said. “It was a lot of fun all week, not just the game but hanging out and getting to know new guys. Hanging out and bonding with them was a cool experience.”
The game was played in Butte for the 25th straight season.
Blue 6 22 6 8 — 42
Red 12 36 7 17 — 72
Red — Shayne Cochran 51 run (pass failed), 12:21
Blue — Zeb Bloom 32 pass to Isaiah Dunk (kick failed), 6:17
Red — Kevin Oberweiser 1 run (run failed), 2:42
Red —Chase Bertelsen 2 run (Cochran run), 14:15
Blue — Holden Maki 3 run (Maki pass to Zach Molyneaux), 10:04
Red — Jerry Metesh 42 pass to Dolan Taylor (Bertelsen kick), 6:58
Red — Jacen Peterson 13 pass to Nate Bishop (Oberweiser pass to Jacob Bakken),6:28
Blue — Maki 81 pass to Braden Collins (pass failed), 6:03
Red — Christian Cahoon 59 pass to Metesh (Bertelsen kick), 2:20
Red — Oberweiser 13 pass to Bishop (kick failed), :34.3
Blue — Bloom 28 pass to Ian Glennie (Bloom run), :07
Blue — Maki 11 pass to Chad Johnerson (run failed), 3:01
Red — Oberweiser 67 pass to Bishop (Bertelsen kick), 2:22
Red — Safety, 11:10
Red — Cochran 15 run (Bertelsen kick), 6:52
Red — Peterson 43 run (Bertelsen pass to Jacob Bakken), 4:15
Blue — Jory Fisher 4 run (Matt Murnion run), 1:01
First Downs 21 21
Rushes-yards 28-129 44-202
Comp.-Att.-Int 28-53-5 17-22-0
Passing yards 392 265
Total yards 517 467
Punts-Ave. 3-41.0 4-44.7
Fumbles-lost 4-2 5-1
Penalties-yards 8-60 6-50
RUSHING — Blue, Zeb Bloom 14-52, Zach Molyneaux 8-17, Holden Maki 7-38, Dylan Lencioni 3-(-2), Jory Fisher 3-16, Nathaniel Hanser 2-10, Team 1(-2). Red, Jacob Bakken 10-(-3), Shayne Cochran 7-89, Jerry Metesh 7-20, Chase Bertelsen 7-25, Kevin Oberweiser 5-13, Christian Cahoon 3-(-3), Jacen Peterson 2-43, Tyler Delaney 1-20, Team 3-(-2).
PASSING — Blue, Maki 19-26-1, 290, Bloom 9-26-4-102. Red, Metesh 8-10-0-62, Oberweiser 5-7-0-107, Bakken 3-3-0-22, Cahoon 1-1-0-59, Peterson 1-1-0-15.
RECEIVING — Blue, Molyneaux 6-26, Fisher 5-82, Ian Glennie 5-52, Chad Johnerson 4-48, Braden Collins 3-132, Isaiah Dunk 2-38, Hanser 1-8, Lencioni 1-4, Maki 1-2. Red, Caohoon 5-25, Nate Bishop 3-93, Dolan Taylor 2-45, Metesh 1-59, Brady Tuttle 1-16, James Reilly 1-15, Cochran 1-7, Delaney 1-7, Peterson 1-4, Jalen Hendrickson 1-1, Gregory Schindler 1-(-3).
INTERCEPTIONS — Red, James Reilly 2, Jacen Peterson 2, Tyler Delaney. 1 comment