The biggest high school football all-star game of the year took place Saturday night in Butte with the 67th Annual Shrine Game pitting the best Treasure State players from the East against the very best in the West.
These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the "best of the best" to participate in the 67th Montana Shrine Game.
"It all climaxed up to the game," said future MSU Bobcat Bo Hughes. "The week of practice was great but nothing beats playing under the lights, I love it, got to cherish it, and it was awesome."
"It was just great," said future Montana Western Bulldog Jay Owens. "I was so happy that eight of us Missoula kids got to come up and make an impact on the game and I'm happy that I got to play my last high school game with three of my other teammates."
It was a slow start for the West as the Eastern All-Stars started out hot scoring 28 straight points to open the half. But the west all-stars battled back scoring 31 unanswered points to take the lead. The west would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game beating the East 31-28 in thrilling fashion.
"It's something that I will never forget," said future Montana Grizzly Nico Graham. "I mean it's going to be huge when I'm older and I can say that we won by three points."