Denied Two-Point Conversion Decides 15th Missouri 8-Man Coaches Association All-Star Football Game

A two-point conversion attempt with less than a minute remaining in the game decided the Missouri 8-Man Coaches Association All-Star Football Game Saturday evening at Spratt Stadium at Missouri Western State University in St Joseph.

The Green All Stars tipped away a two-point conversion pass with :51 remaining in the 4th Quarter and were able to kneel out snaps the rest of the way and escaped with a 22-20 victory over the Silver All Stars in the 15th All Star Football game.

Although both teams had some threats in the 1st Quarter, neither team scored. The Green All Stars were stopped on downs deep inside the Silver territory. The Silver All Stars threw their first of two first-half interceptions as they were driving in a first quarter possession.

The Green All Stars eventually got on the board early in the 2nd quarter when Albany’s Kemper Cline found Kobe Gibson of Norborne-Hardin-Central with a 12-yard pass. Jacob Coffey of Drexel ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 with lead with 10:28 remaining in the 1st half. The Silver All Stars did not answer right away, but eventually did answer when Mitchel Avalos of Jasper ran a counter to set up a 5-yard touchdown run from King City’s Ty Mooney out with 3:22 remaining in the first half. The two-point conversion failed, but after a quick stop from the Silver All Stars, they got another chance with the ball in the half. Braxton Gibson of Stewartsville/Osborn ran a 49 yard counter play for a touchdown and caught a two-point conversion with just 56 seconds remaining in the half to give the Silver All Stars at 14-6 lead which they took into halftime.

The Green All Stars would score very late in the 3rd quarter. Orrick’s Zander Stevinson, who replaced Albany’s Kemper Cline at quarterback due to injury, went in from a yard out with 16 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at 14. The two-point conversion was stopped, but the Green All Stars got the ball back again after a botched option pitch was fumbled and recovered by the Green. It allowed to Green to begin the 4th quarter with a first-and-goal at the Silver’s one-yard line. It took them four plays, but DeKalb’s Zander Matson eventually scored. Cole Hostetter of Santa Fe ran in the two-point conversion to make it 22-14.

The Silver All Stars took advantage of their final possession late in the game. After Ryder Abney-Wilckens of Concordia caught a 4th-and-10 deep in the Silver’s own territory to keep the possession alive, the Silver All-Star quarterback Billy Lau of Drexel hit a seam pass to Albany’s Porter Davis who galloped 46 yards for a touchdown. The Green All Stars denied a two-point conversion pass to Abney-Wilkins and put away the game.

Billy Lau of Drexel received the Dalton Thacker Memorial Award Winner. Charlie Litherbury of East Atchison and Braxton Gibson of Stewartsville/Osborn were the other scholarship winners.