Vandehey, Markham lead West over East in Shrine Game
Three of Banks' finest from last year's state championship football team put on the pads a final time as part of the 67th East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game last Saturday, Aug. 3, at Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Baker City.
Without skipping a beat, the three Braves — Hayden Vandehey, Blake Markham and Hayden Gobel — continued where they left off in the state championship game last November, impressing individually and winning as a team as the West defeated the East by a score of 43-10 in the game pitting the state's best 1A/2A/3A and 4A football seniors from last season.
Vandehey shone at the quarterback position for the West, completing 20 of his 34 pass attempts for 319 yards and four touchdowns, the first of which was a 27-yard connection to Markham with 1:59 left in the first quarter for the game's initial score. In addition to the 27-yarder, the Braves graduate and future Oregon Tech baseball player connected on scores of 12, 23 and 24 yards, as well as running one in from two yards out in the second quarter.
Markham finished with nine catches for a game's best 107 yards and two touchdowns, collecting a second TD catch from 23 yards in the second half.
The West made the most of six East turnovers, including three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
After a 7-0 first quarter lead, the West essentially ended the game in the second, scoring three times to take a 30-0 lead to the half.
East's initial score came on a safety as a result of a bobbled snap on a punt attempt, then following the ensuing kickoff, East quarterback Gus Ramsden of Wallowa found Tanner Hamilton of Vale from three yards out to cut the lead to 30-10.
Vandehey however, finished the deal for the West, finding Markham and Rainier's Joey Tripp for two final scores to give the West their first win in their last five tries.
The East leads the 67-year-old series 33-31-3.
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