East falls to West in Toyota All Star football game

By | December 16, 2013 12:00 am

Getting off a punt. Hunter Cantrell punts during the first half of the East/West All Star game played Friday at Tennessee Tech. (Photo courtesy of Tony Marable)

The Toyota East/West All Star game was an entertaining one for those that like points and lots of them.
In the game played Friday at Tennessee Tech’s Overall Field, the West defeated the East 55-39 in a shootout.
The game featured not one, but two 100-yard kick off returns by the West. There were six other touchdowns scored in the game in excess of 30 yards on the scoring play. One of those touchdowns was a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown by the West.
With all of that scoring going on, the punter doesn’t get called into duty that much.
White County’s Hunter Cantrell handled the punting duties for the East and actually did punt four times. All of those, however, were in the first half as the teams moved the ball up and down the field pretty much the entire second half.
Cantrell’s four punts totaled 144 yards for an average of 36 yards per kick. His long was 44 yards.
The Warrior senior also handled the long snapping duties on extra points and field goal attempts.
There was 862 yards of total offense combined in the game. The East led that category with 491 yards combined, but came up short on the scoreboard. Two special teams touchdowns and a defensive touchdown made the difference.
An all star game record was broken by West running back, Ramadi Warren from Whitehaven. He carried the ball 38 times for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
That was just one of 19 records broken during the game.
Brentwood Academy’s Brandon Taylor had both the kick off return touchdowns, which was another record.
Some other records were:
East quarterback Devin Smith (Knoxville Grace) threw a 63-yard pass to Hank Black (Carter) for the longest pass play in game history.
The East team passed for a record 364 yards and threw for a record four touchdowns.
The West rushed for 348 yards on 59 carries and scored five rushing touchdowns. All of those are records.
Both teams broke the record for total offense with the East setting the new mark with 491 yards.
The 55 points scored by the West was another record.
Zack Neary (Adamsville) was named the West Defensive MVP and set a game record with two interceptions.
Neither Warren nor Taylor , who were named co-Offensive MVP’s, have committed to a college yet.
Upperman’s Conner York, who played touchdown for the Bees and set a start mark for touchdowns scored this season, played wide receiver for the East. He caught two passes for 12 yards, but also threw a touchdown pass on a reverse for a 37-yard touchdown.
Cookeville wide receiver/defensive back, Chase Mabey, was a late addition to the game at defensive back. He had one tackle.
Cantrell commented on playing in the game, “It was an honor to get to play in the game. I have made life long friends during these past few days during the all star week. I couldn’t have done it with out the support of my family, friends, and coaches. The game showed me that there are great athletes throughout the state and how blessed I am to get the opportunity to be part of it. I give thanks to the The Lord for giving me this opportunity.”
Cantrell plans to continue his playing days at the college level. Over the next month, he will be pursuing those opportunities and finding a school that is the best fit for him.

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