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The West team won the inaugural South Texas Coaches Association All-Star game 46-21 Saturday evening, May 22 at Pleasanton’s Eagle Stadium.
Jourdanton quarterback Cole Andrus was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after going 14-of-24 passing for 370 yards and four touchdowns.
Pearsall’s Ethan Waldrum scored on a 60-yard touchdown run and Dilley’s Cristian Aranda scored on a two-point conversion.
Andrus scored the first two touchdowns of the game as he connected with Indians’ teammate Jarel Lilly on a 32-yard pass and then with another Jourdanton connection, hitting Payton Gonzales from 39 yards out.
Runge’s Daniel Mendoza then hit Cuero’s Deveryck Mathis on a 27-yard strike to cut it to 12-6 after the first.
The game was close for most of the first half until a turnover and touchdown just before the half allowed the West to pull away.
Andrus hit Uvalde’s Tanner Bowman on a 23-yard scoring strike to make it 20-6 in favor of the West. The East responded as Karnes City’s Aaron Smith cracked the endzone on a nine-yard run to make it 20-13.
With the East driving deep in West territory, Jourdanton’s Jacob Brister picked off an errant pass at the four-yard line to kill the scoring opportunity.
The West would capitalize on the next play as Andrus hit Uvalde’s Christian Rivera, who then went the distance on a 96-yard scoring play with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The score put the West on top 26-13.
With a touchdown early in the third, the East would make it interesting before the West put the game away with 20 unanswered points.
Kenedy’s J’ren Salais went in from five yards out to pull the East to within 26-21 after Cuero’s JD Natero converted for two points. The West would add three scores from that point on to run away with the victory.
Natalia quarterback Wyatt Woodson went in from four yards out in the third and Devine’s Justin Contreras had a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Waldrum would cap the scoring as he broke free around the right side on a 60-yard touchdown run with 1:54 left in the game.
Dilley’s Aranda went in for two points following Contreras’ scoring run.
Seven different players scored for the West, who finished with 625 yards of offense.
Pearsall’s Marcos Salazar and Cotulla’s Eliahs Jones and Leo Martinez also saw significant action in the game.