West Wins All Star Game in Over-Time
July 2, 2018 07:39 AM
MHSFCA East/West All Star Game
West 20 - East 17
June 23, 2018: Saginaw Valley State University
This year’s edition of the All Star game was one for the books. With two rosters filled with 35 of the finest players from around the state the fans were treated to a hard fought game that wasn’t settled in a normal regulation game. For the first time in the 36 year history of the game overtime was necessary to crown a winner.
Early in the game the East squad was imposing it’s will on the ground possessing the ball for pretty much the entire first quarter and jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The West squad answered back with a quick strike and when the team headed to the locker room at halftime the East led by 8 points. The second half featured some tough physical play that found the West in the endzone to pull within 2 points late. The stage was set for a dramatic finish and after the West converted on a 2 pt conversion the stage was set for an epic finish.
The East added to the drama with a tremendous kick return deep into the West territory. With 3 seconds left the East attempted a FG to win but it was blocked and as the clock expired the West was heading downfield with the ball to score and end the game. The East managed to tackle the ball carrier and send the game into OT. In OT the East kicked a FG to take a 3 point lead. On the West’s possession they scored a TD to end the game and end the East side’s 3 year win streak.
The game wias just the culmination of a tremendous week of working with outstanding people. It was a joy to work with the coaching staffs from both sides and watch them work. It is nothing short of miraculous to watch these coaches develop relationships with the players and create a true team atmosphere in such a short period of time. A special show of gratitude must be paid to the staff of SVSU. We are blessed to have Head Coach Jim Collins and Meaghan Markey of the convention center working with us to make sure our game is not only possible but a first class operation that we can all be proud of. To our partner in the game Jeff Corrion and the Dzone it was a pleasure having you on board and we look to working with you in the future. Finally I would like to personally thank MHSFCA members Drake Wilkins and Andre Harlan for working with UAW Ford who generously supported our game as a presenting sponsor.
With the 2018 All Star Game in the books it is time for us all to enjoy our summers, get ready for our seasons in the fall, and ultimately look forward to the the 2019 All Star Game which will once again be hosted at SVSU.