Speed and turnovers are key factors in football games, and The East won both battles in a 42-14 win over the West at the UP Football All-Star game at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
The West opened the scoring a couple minutes into the first quarter. Quarterback Alex Herman (Iron Mountain) found Jeff Gregory (Kingsford) over the middle on a 24 yard touchdown pass.
The West was backed up on its two yard line later in the first. A hook and lateral play was destroyed by the East's Jacob Wells (Gwinn) and Kyle Tiglas (Manistique). The result led to a fumble of the lateral that was recovered by Kasaim Koonnala (Marquette) and returned for a touchdown, tying the score at seven. The West turned the ball over six times, the East had two miscues.
In the second quarter after an exchange of turnovers East running back Garrett Pentecost (Marquette) twisted and turned the West defense around on a 26 yard touchdown run. Pentecost had 15 carries for 133 yards in the contest.
An interception by Dakota Eland (Menominee) late in the half set up the East again. Quarterback Kenya Oas (Munising) pumped faked to his left and found tight end Luke Pedersen (Menominee) down the middle on a 16 yard strike. The East took a 21-7 lead into halftime.
(Menominee) Coach Joe Noha's East squad kept the momentum going. Running back Jacob Kleiman (Bark River-Harris) scampered 62 yards on the first play of the third quarter down to the West 18 yard line. Several plays later quarterback Austin Young (Escanaba) ran to his right untouched into the end zone from seven yards to increase the lead to 28-7.
The East defense struck again as Nick Benda (Westwood) intercepted a Herman pass and returned it to pay turf, giving his team a 35-7 advantage.
Oas scored on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter before the West closed the scoring on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Herman to Kane Rasner (Stephenson).
The East outgained (Baraga) Doug Hodges' West team 478 to 303 yards.
East Awards - Offensive MVP Garrett Pentecost (Marquette), Defensive MVP Kasaim Koonnala (Marquette), Character Award Austin Young (Escanaba)
West Awards - Offensive MVP Jeff Gregory (Kingsford), Defensive MVP Cole Grenier (Iron Mountain), Character Award Tyler Roberts (Ontonagon)
Quarterback stats - East - Oas 7-13-132 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions. Young 5-9-25 yards, one interception West - Herman 21-39-252 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions