Ceciliani leads West to win
Madras product scores twice in Shrine game
The East All-Stars felt the presence of Madras' Devin Ceciliani like White Buffalo opponents did last fall, and it didn't work out well for the East, either.
Ceciliani was the game's leading receiver, with six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, helping the West All-Stars take a 33-23 win Saturday in the 61st Oregon East-West Shrine football game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Baker City.
Ceciliani didn't take much time to get involved in the game, and scored on the West's second play from scrimmage.
He slipped into the flat and caught a pass from Santiam Christian's Grant Schroeder, and then turned on the jets and blazed past three East defenders for a 72-yard touchdown.
The score came just 34 seconds into the game, but with the conversion failed, the West still trailed, 7-6. Baker's Dane Bachman ripped off a 99-yard kickoff return, in his home stadium, to give the East an early 7-0 lead, with the point after.
Ceciliani's second touchdown was part of a 19-point first quarter for the West.
The former White Buffalo burnt his defender on a sideline go route, and then hauled in a perfectly placed ball from Schroeder for a 50-yard score. The touchdown gave the West a 19-7 lead after the first quarter, but didn't score again until the fourth quarter.
The East All-Stars used touchdown runs from Cascades Cody Crawford and Cascade Christians Bradon Williams to take a 20-18 lead after the third period.
Williams plowed ahead for a two-yard in the waning seconds on the first half, and then Crawford finished off a nine-play drive with a 13-yard scoring run in the middle of the third.
The play was set up by a triple reverse pass that nearly went wrong.
After the West team blew the play up in the backfield, Bachman received the second handoff during the trick play and made a miracle toss to Ontarios Trampis Waite while wrapped up and falling over.
Waite then launched the a ball downfield, and it fell into the arms of Centrals Kelton Chapman to advance the West to the Easts 2-yard line, which set up the short Williams run.
Crawfords scoring run came in his fifth rushing attempt of the drive.
Dayton's Forrest Garcia scampered for a pair of rushing touchdowns in the final stanza for the West to retake the lead, and win, to even the all-time series with the East at 29-29-3. Garcia led the West in rushing with 63 yards on just five carries.
Garcia's scoring runs, of eight and 31 yards, came after the East's Williams knocked an 18-yard field goal through the uprights, giving the East a 23-19 lead with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter.
The West had a chance to put points on the board in the third quarter, but a fourth-and-short pass by Schroeder was intercepted by Heppners Aiden Wright in the end zone.
With the help of Ceciliani, the West team racked up 434 yards of total offense. Schroeder completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns, and he will join Madras' Steele Haugen as a quarterback in the revived George Fox University program.
The West won the game for the fourth consecutive year. Last year, the West won on a last-second field goal by Daytons A.J. Hedgecock.
The game was regionally televised on ROOT Sports Northwest, and is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Oregon, located in Wilsonville. But it isn't the only all-star football game that raises money for a Shriners hospitals.
There is a collegiate all-star game, also known as the East-West Shrine Game, and there are other states that hold high school Shrine games.
Montana, Iowa, North and South Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire and Vermont (each state has a team, and they play each other in the Shriners Maple Sugar Bowl), Illinois, Maine, Wyoming, California, Texas and Nebraska all host games.
The Shriners Hospital for Children admits any child, through referrals, under the age of 18, regardless of the family's ability to pay.
There are 22 hospitals spread across the United States, Canada and Mexico.