By: William Carroll
The 93rd East-West Shrine Game.
In what shaped up to be a largely defensive struggle with offensive missteps aplenty, the West defeated the East Squad 14 to 10. The deciding score was late game connection from Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek to Houston WR Steven Dunbar. The East side mounted a late rally that ended with as JT Barrett had his team moving but the effort fell short when the ball deflected off of a tightly covered Daurice Fountain with 26 seconds left in the game.
On defense Poona Ford of Texas, SMU’s Justin Lawler, Bilal Nichols and Joe Ostman of the West all made good plays. For the East and the Wisconsin Badger’s Natrell Jamerson [Defensive MVP]had a scoop and score that was forced by Nichols of Delaware. Other Defensive standouts included Kentavius Street of NC Stateand Folorunso Fatukasi of Connecticut.
On offense eventual offensive MVP Daurice Fountain, the explosive WR from Nothern Iowa was one of a very few bright spots on offense. JT Barrett did complete a short flat route for a score to division two sack master Marcus Martin, who’s been playing fullback this week. Poona Ford and Penn receiver Justin Watson and Miami defensive end Chad Thomas have received invitations, so far, to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Senior Bowl practices begin Monday. The game will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, January 27th.