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Reeves leads East to lone victory of weekend, 62-26, in Division II Six-Man All-Star football game

Posted: July 21, 2012 - 10:15pm  |  Updated: July 22, 2012 - 1:21am
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Denim Reeves of the East leaps over his own teammate to score a touchdown during the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association All-Star football game on Saturday at Peoples Bank Stadium in Wolfforth.  Stephen Spillman
Stephen Spillman
Denim Reeves of the East leaps over his own teammate to score a touchdown during the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association All-Star football game on Saturday at Peoples Bank Stadium in Wolfforth.
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After a weekend of futility, the East finally salvaged some good feelings from the Six-Man Coaches Association weekend.

Richland Springs standout Denim Reeves rushed for 140 yards and five touchdowns, and the East got off to a strong start and pulled away from the West for a 62-26 victory in the Division II All-Star game Saturday night at Peoples Bank Stadium.

Up until that point, the East had been shut out for the weekend as the West won the Division I football game Friday night as well as both the girls and boys basketball games earlier Saturday.

But no one on the field Saturday night could match Reeves, who helped lead Richland Springs to the Division II state championship in 2010.

He set the tone with touchdown runs of 18 and 3 yards in the first half as the East held a 22-0 halftime advantage. Reeves, the game MVP, then scored on three straight possessions in the third and fourth quarters on runs of 8, 17 and 53 yards to seal the outcome at 56-12.

His performance was part of a 230-yard rushing effort by the East that offset a 332-yard passing display by the West.

After being shut out in the first half, the West offense came alive, scoring two plays after an onside kick to start the second half when Cole Booze of Miami hit Seth Mahan of Dawson for a 36-yard touchdown to cut the East lead to 22-6.

But R.J. Helmuth of Rising Star returned the ensuing onside kick attempt 42 yards for a touchdown. The West came back with a 14-yard touchdown catch by Dennis Sprouse of Throckmorton, the first of two for him in the second half, that made it 30-12.

The East retaliated as Hayden Thomas of Fannindel added a 45-yard scoring run to push the lead to 36-12.

Reeves then scored three straight touchdowns to put it out of reach.

The West would add a 55-yard TD catch by Sprouse and a 17-yard touchdown run by Aaron Rogers of Motley County, and the East finished off the scoring with 2:13 left when Levi Smith of Woodson hit Germaine Armstrong from Milford for an 8-yard scoring strike with 2:13 remaining.

The first quarter was all East, dominated mostly by Reeves. He scored on the East’s second play from scrimmage, added another short touchdown run just before the period ended and drove his team down the field both on the ground and in the air.

The East defense, meanwhile, stymied the West at every turn. All six of the West’s first-half drives ended on downs, twice in its own territory and another after the West had driven to the East 11.

SIX-MAN COACHES ASSOCIATION

DIVISION II ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME

at Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

EAST 62, WEST 26

East 22 0 28 12 — 62

West 0 0 12 14 — 26

First Quarter

EAST — Denim Reeves 18 run (Nathan Niehaus kick); 7:57

EAST — Ismael Martinez 2 run (Niehaus kick); 3:49

EAST — Reeves 3 run (Niehaus kick); :13.1

Third Quarter

WEST — Seth Mahan 36 pass from Cole Booze (kick failed); 9:20

EAST — R.J. Helmuth 42 kickoff return (Niehaus kick); 9:13

WEST — Dennis Sprouse 14 pass from Booze (kick failed); 7:29

EAST — Hayden Thomas 45 run (kick failed); 5:45

EAST — Reeves 8 run (Niehaus kick); 3:48

EAST — Reeves 17 run (kick blocked); 2:51

Fourth Quarter

EAST — Reeves 53 run (kick blocked); 5:39

WEST — Sprouse 55 pass from Booze (kick failed); 5:15

EAST — Germaine Smith 8 pass from Levi Smith (kick failed); 2:13

WEST — Aaron Rogers 17 run (Taylor Fields kick); 42.0

TEAM STATISTICS

East West

First downs 16 12

Rushes-yards 31-230 18-48

Passing yards 120 332

Comp.-att.-int. 7-17-1 27-49-0

Punts-avg. 0-0 0-0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 6-65 3-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: East, Denim Reeves 20-140, Hayden Thomas 5-68, Adonas Hightower 1-15, Nathan Niehaus 1-5, Ismael Martinez 2-4, Bobby Cyrus 1-(-1), Rowdy Finch 1-(-1); West, Aaron Rogers 8-42, Taylor Fields 7-7, Jon Osborn 1-5, Chris Blackburn 1-(-3), Cole Booze 2-(-3).

PASSING: East, Thomas 3-6-0—59, Reeves 3-9-0—53, Levi Smith 1-2-1—8; West, Booze 24-40-0—302, Rogers 3-8-0—40, Osborn 0-1-0—0.

RECEIVING: East, Germaine Armstrong 4-43, Reeves 1-39, Simmons 1-19, Thomas 1-18; West, Dillon McConal 6-96, Seth Mahan 4-93, Dennis Sprouse 3-84, Brandon Gibson 4-33, Christian Brooks 7-32, Fields 3-4.

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