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Former Culver Bulldog helps East team to 29-23 win at 65th annual East-West Shrine Game last Saturday in Baker City.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Graduated Culver football senior Mack Little (top row, No. 58) represented the Bulldogs at the East-West shrine game Aug. 5 in Baker City, playing an active role for the East team as a linebacker, while also handling extra-point kicking duties. The East team prevailed 29-23.
Just as he did for years on the Culver Bulldogs' defensive front, Mack Little kept his foot on the gas at the Oregon East-West All-Star shrine football game in Baker City last Saturday evening.

The annual game honors the best graduated senior high school football players in Oregon from the 1A to 4A level and divides the two teams by the West and East parts of the state.

Playing primarily as a linebacker, while also handling extra-point kicking duties, Little was active on the defensive front for the East team, as he registered five tackles in the first half alone.

But despite his individual activity, the East trailed the West 13-0 at halftime in an offensive struggle.

But the East scored two quick touchdowns to open the second half, first on a touchdown reception hauled in by Stanfield's Thyler Monkus, then another touchdown drive that started with Heppner's Kevin Murray recovering a fumble.

Little nailed the PAT to put the East on top 14-13 in the third quarter.

The two teams traded scores well into the fourth quarter.

With two minutes remaining in the fourth, the East scored the game-winning touchdown when Harrisburg's Tel Jones linked up with Cascade Christian's Carson Cochran on a passing play, giving them a go-ahead 29-23 lead.

Little will begin his college football career this fall as a freshman at Western Oregon University.

Although the game wasn't aired live, Root Sports is broadcasting the game throughout the week on its television station. The next airing is Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. Check local listings for further information.

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