GREAT FALLS — Butte High graduate Dalton Daum sparked a West side rally in the second half of the 69th Montana East-West Shrine Game Saturday night.
The 19 points the West spotted the East, though, proved too much as the East side stopped a two-game losing streak to the West with a 19-14 win at Memorial Stadium.
With the East leading 19-0, Daum, a future Montana Grizzly, took the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown.
With the West pinned deep in their own territory, Daum took a reverse 33 yards to near midfield. He also caught a long pass from Butte Central graduate Danny Peoples as West set up a first-and-goal situation inside 2 minutes left and trailing 19-14.
A questionable intentional grounding call pushed the West back to the 25-yard line, and the game ended with three incomplete passes.
The East got things started when Montana Tech signee Jake Clark of Billings Senior picked off Kalispell Glacier star Brady McChesney and returned it for a touchdown.
After a 27-yard field goal by Brandon Kubitz, the East side extended the lead to 16-0 with a 6-yard run by Billings Central star Holden Ryan, a future Montana Grizzly, 7 minutes before halftime. The East added a 24-yard Kubitz field goal before the break.
McChesney, a future Montana State Bobcat, led West on a scoring drive to cut the lead to 14-0 midway through the fourth quarter. Montana Western signee Cory Diaz busted into the end zone for a 2-yard run with 8:41 left in the game.
The East moved the change a few times before a Casey Klaboe punt pinned the West deep in their own territory. One trick play to Daum quickly made things interesting.
West quarterback Dalton Palmer of Fairfield was named the game’s MVP. Palmer ran for 131 yards on 23 carries. He also completed all four of his passes for 56 yards.
Ryan ran for 113 yards on 21 carries in the win.
Peoples completed 9 of 16 passes for 77 yards. He was picked off once. McChesney completed 7 of 15 for 92.
Daum caught three passes for 30 yards.
Butte Central graduates Marcus Ferriter, Chad Peterson and Kaemen Richards and Butte High grad Clay Dean also played for the West side.
The 70th Montana East-West Shrine Game will be played in Butte.
West 0 0 7 7 – 14
East 10 9 0 0 – 19
EAST – Jake Clarke 42 interception return (Brandon Kubitz kick), 10:24
EAST – Kubitz 27 FG, 4:21
EAST – (7:00 2nd) Holden Ryan 6 run (kick failed), 7:00
EAST – Kubitz 24 FG
WEST – Dalton Daum 95 kick return (Danny Peoples kick), 14:48
WEST – Cory Diaz 1 run (Peoples kick), 8:41
First Downs 10 16
Total Yds 233 353
Carries-Yds 51-64 64-261
Passing Yds 169 92
Pass C-A-I 16-31-2 7-13-0
Punts-Avg. 4-38.8 4-38.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yds 3-15 5-24
RUSHING – West, Kokoruda 4-8, Diaz 5-10, Peoples 4-(-10), Hunchak 1-23, Daum 1-33. East, Ryan 21-113, Klaboe 8-(-22), Breen 8-27, Palmer 23-131, Cuchine 2-8, Kubitz 1-1, Leach 1-3.
PASSING – West, McChesney 7-15-1-0-92, Peoples 9-16-1-0-77. East, Palmer 4-4-0-0-56, Klaboe 3-9-0-0-36.
RECEIVING – West, Bingham 2-4, Hart 2-18, Mulcahy 1-1, Mannix 3-30, Hunchak 2-50, Jones 4-40, Kokoruda 2-15, Daum 3-30. East, Fossum 1-7, Ryan 1-(-3), Saltzman 1-12, Oveson 2-44, Keith 1-5, Leach 1-36.