West shows East where talent lies
SPARKS – When the rosters were set for the 20th annual Sertoma Football Classic, it was obvious the West prep all-star team was loaded on offense.
McQueen’s Chris Carr and Graham Siderius were on there, as were South Tahoe’s Jake Hurwitz, Ryan Hickey and Jarred Uppendahl. Not to mention Douglas’ Gabe Hatchett, one of the top receivers in Northern Nevada last season.
“I think we had by far the most talent,” Hatchett said.
He wasn’t kidding.
Siderius completed 6-of-8 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb to Hatchett as the West took care of the East, 21-8 on Friday night at Reed High.
Hickey was the offensive standout for the South Shore players, gathering in four receptions for 35 yards.
A respectable accomplishment , considering all six Vikings went from graduation ceremonies to warming up in a matter of two hours.
“It was kind of hectic,” Hickey said. “Everyone was stretching when we got there.
“But it was an awesome way to end our graduation day.”
Carr, the Northern 4A player of the year, had a relatively quiet night, at least by his standards. He rushed for 34 yards on eight carries but his 12-yard touchdown catch from North Tahoe’s Bill Freeman in the first quarter gave the West a 7-0 lead.
With the win, the West, which won last year’s game 35-0, evened the overall series at 10, effectively starting its first win streak over the East since 1994, when it had won the previous four games.
In the first half, the East outrushed the West, 109-50. But when the West needed a big play, it had the players that could make it happen.
Midway through the third quarter, a holding penalty pushed the West back to its 46, setting up third and 24. Siderius calmly dropped back in the pocket, rolled right and tossed a pass down the sideline, which found Hatchett, who then ran untouched into the end zone.
“Everytime I caught the ball, they were right on me,” he said. ” They’re all awesome, it was definitely a different kind of game.”
Hatchett was named the game’s MVP. He caught three passes for 82 yards.
Sparks quarterback Adam Quick was named the East’s offensive MVP while Siderius was named the West’s. Truckee’s Robert Acevedo was named the West’s defensive MVP.
Hurwitz had three carries, while Uppendahl rushed twice and threw an incomplete pass. Hickey didn’t think that late arrival had anything to do with the Vikings performances, rather it was the star power in the game. Whittell’s Luke Forvilly and Joel Warnick also played in the game, along with STHS’s Matt McGuffin, Sean Kezer and Ryan Griffith.
West 21, East 8
At Reed High School
East 6 0 0 2 – 8
West 14 0 7 0 – 21
W-Carr 12 pass from Freeman (Siderius kick), 6:32
E-James 12 run (kick failed), 3:04
W-Stinson 33 pass from Siderius (Sideruis kick), :24
W-Hatchett pass from Siderius (Siderius kick), 8:24
E-Safety (Abowd and Bergin), 14:57
RUSHING-East: James 8-42, T. Brooks 1-32, Allen 5-28, Davis 8-27, Darlington 6-24, Gillespie 7-22, Quick 8-12. D. Brooks 3-11; West: Carr 8-34, Van Zant 2-8, Hurwitz 3-4, Collins 2-2, Freeman 4-(minus-1), Siderius 2-(minus-2), Uppendahl 2-(minus-19).
PASSING-East: 4-11-59, James 0-6; West: Sideruis 6-8-139-2 TD, Freeman 3-6-37-1 TD, Uppendahl 0-1.
RECEIVING-East: James 1-35, Handley 2-13, Scholl 1-11; West: Hatchett 3-82, Hickey 4-35, Stinson 1-33, Collins 1-14, Carr 1-12.
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