Happy’s Bryan earns MVP honors in West’s 67-53 All-Star win

WICHITA FALLS – The first seven possessions ended in touchdowns during Friday night’s Texas Six-Man Coaches Association Division I all-star game.

 

Both sides were yearning for a defensive stop at Memorial Stadium, just one chance to open a sizeable margin in this back-and-forth affair.

That’s when Happy’s Karson Bryan and the rest of his teammates took control. The West picked off three passes in the second quarter, setting the tone for a 67-53 victory that marked the seventh straight win over the East.

Bryan didn’t snag an interception, but his sack helped result in the East turning it over on downs and his quarterback pressure resulted in Knox City’s Christian Abila picking off a pass.

For good measure, the game’s Defensive MVP also drew an intentional grounding penalty on the East that resulted in a safety in the fourth quarter.

“They were scoring back and forth on us, so we had to amp it up a little bit,” said Bryan, who was the Amarillo Globe-News Class 1A Player of the Year. “Just stay under control and don’t let them beat you to either side. That’s what I learned playing at Happy and that’s what I used here.”

The West outscored the East 32-8 during the pivotal second quarter and kept them scoreless for most of the fourth. Joining Abila with second quarter interceptions of Union Hill’s Colton Davis were New Home’s Miguel Gomez and Hart’s Angel Morales.

Bryan, who rushed for 2,165 yards and 57 touchdowns during Happy’s historic state semifinal run, only played on defense until the second half when coaches can play guys on both sides of the ball.

He finished with 57 yards on six carries, scoring on a 29-yard run in the third quarter that gave the West a 58-40 advantage. Afterward, Bryan said he didn’t mind his limited offensive role.

“It was a little different starting on defense and not playing offense as much, but whatever helps the team I was fine with it,” he said.

The game’s Offensive MVP went to Zephyr’s Bishop Norman, who rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort. The hulking power back headed to Mary Hardin-Baylor said it was “nice to go out and knock some heads with some guys you didn’t get to play and see what the West was all about.”

Bryan said afterward the West needed a group effort to even slow down Norman at times. In a year that included Happy’s historic football run, a golf state title and gold in the 300 hurdles, playing in the TSMCA all-star game was icing on the cake.

“It was really hot down here, but other than that, it was really fun,” Bryan said. “I got to know just about everyone here and I’ll have friends forever now.”

West203269—67

East 248156—53

FIRST QUARTER

W – Whiteface’s Jonathan Rivas 40 run (Hart’s Angel Morales kick), 8:22

E – Eden’s Johnny Ortegon 13 pass from Zephyr’s Bishop Norman (Coolidge’s Manuel Santa Cruz kick), 6:01

W – Paducah’s Kameron Todd 32 pass from Garden City’s Riley Eggemeyer (kick failed), 4:03

E – Norman 7 run (Santa Cruz kick), 2:38

W – Todd 2 pass from Water Valley’s Shiloh Hughes (kick blocked), 1:08

E – Union Hill’s Colton Wade 25 run (Santa Cruz kick), 0:00

SECOND QUARTER

W – Borden County’s Corbin Sumners 51 run (Morales kick), 9:16

W – Todd 48 pass from Hughes (kick blocked), 7:23

W – Todd 12 pass from Hughes (kick failed), 5:43

W – Sumners 13 run (pass failed), 3:51

E – Norman 25 run (Santa Cruz kick), 2:54

W – Eggemeyer 36 pass from Hughes (pass failed), 1:30

THIRD QUARTER

E – Wade 23 run (Santa Cruz kick), 8:50

W – Happy’s Karson Bryan 29 run (pass failed), 7:26

E – Norman 1 run (May’s Cameron King pass from Blanket’s Quinton Alexander), 3:56

FOURTH QUARTER

W – safety (intentional grounding in end zone), 6:00

W – Knox City’s Christian Abila 5 run (Hughes pass from Buena Vista’s Ethan Evans), 3:35

E – Lometa’s Connell Barnett 15 pass from Wade (pass failed), 1:29

WestEast

First downs1721

Rushes-Yards37-34541-294

Passing Yards157189

C-A-I7-19-118-27-3

Fumbles-Lost2-12-0

Penalties-Yards8-7110-74

RUSHING — West: Corbin Sumners (Borden County) 13-172, Johnathan Rivas (Whiteface) 8-84, Karson Bryan (Happy) 6-57; Shiloh Hughes (Water Valley) 1-13, Riley Eggemeyer (Garden City) 5-13, Christian Abila (Knox City) 1-5, Anthony Sosa (Ira) 1-4, Miguel Gomez (New Home) 1-0, Ethan Evans (Buena Vista) 1-(-3). East: Bishop Norman (Zephyr) 18-165, Colton Wade (Union Hill) 13-100, Levi Martinez (Newcastle) 4-32, Cameron King (May) 1-9, Ismael Herrera (Gorman) 2-5, Tony Balderas (Avalon) 1-3; team 2-(-20).

PASSING — West: Hughes 6-14-1, 125, Eggemeyer 1-2-0, 32, Sumners 0-1-0, 0, Evans 0-1-0, 0, Abila 0-1-0, 0, East: Wade 12-19-3, 151, Norman 6-7-0, 38, Balderas 0-1-0, 0.

RECEIVING — West: Kameron Todd (Paducah) 4-94, Eggemeyer 2-56, Rivas 1-7, East: King 4-67, Connell Barnett (Lometa) 3-44, Norman 3-30, Balderas 3-14, Johnny Ortegon (Eden) 1-13, Wade 2-12, Martinez 1-9, Herrera 1-0.

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