East drops Shrine Bowl by 21-9 tally
from staff reports

   MURFREESBORO -- Saturday night Tennessee got a glimpse of the state's top football players, as the West team picked up a 21-9 victory over the East team in the sixth annual Tennessee Shrine Bowl East-West All-Star Classic at Floyd Stadium.
   "We made some mistakes and turned the ball over, but we asked the kids to step up and they did with some great plays," said Terry Arrington of Kenwood High School, head coach of the West team. "This has been an incredible experience, and we had fun all week. These kids were great both on and off the field."
   Of the 82 graduated senior football players who participated in the game, four players earned Most Valuable Player honors. Whites Creek's Michael Hassell was named Offensive MVP for the West team with two kick returns for 115 yards, highlighted by a 96-yard return.
   Defensive MVP for the West team was Orentheus Taylor of Dyersburg High School. Taylor had two interceptions and three tackles.
   Roane County's Jason Givens, who rushed 88 yards on 16 attempts, earned Offensive MVP honors for the East team, while Lee Curry of Austin East High School was named East Defensive MVP. Curry intercepted two passes for 44 yards and had three tackles.
   The East team got on the scoreboard first when Daniel Kinser of Lenoir City High School kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
   With just four seconds left in the first half, Hassell scored his first touchdown of the game on a one-yard run for the West team. Tyler Norris of Donelson Christian Academy added the PAT for the 7-3 lead. The scoring drive began on an interception by Taylor.
   The West team added to its lead in the beginning of the third quarter with a 79-yard scoring drive that took just 3:41. Christian Brother's Justin Mosby ran seven yards for the touchdown and Norris converted the PAT, putting the West ahead 14-3.
   The East team answered when Chase McBee of Rutledge High School ran one yard for the touchdown, cutting the West's lead to 14-9. The East team attempted a two-point conversion, but Curry was unable to complete his pass.
   On the following kickoff, the West team took a 21-9 lead as Hassell ran 96 yards for the touchdown and final score of the game with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Norris converted his third PAT of the night.
   In the six-year history of the game, the West team has the series lead, 4-2.
   The Tennessee Shrine Bowl benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, which offer free, quality medical care to children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic problems, spinal cord injuries and severe burns.