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The game culminated a week of activities including a visit to the Shrine Hospital in Portland for the teams, including cheerleaders made up of East and West high schools.
Saturday included a breakfast in the park and a parade prior to kickoff of the game.
The East placed the first points on the board, scoring on a 34-yard pass from Heppner quarterback Jayden Wilson to Mazama wide receiver Cole Brosterhous with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter. The point after, kicked in the Shrine game with no defensive pressure, was good and the East led, 7-0.
The West responded with their own score on the first play of the second quarter. Grabbing an errant pitch from the East quarterback, Junction City’s Riley Sangermano ran 46 yards for the lone score for the West. The point after failed to find the mark and the East led 7-6.
It was then time for the Peiffer show.
The 225-pound running back scored twice in the second quarter. With 6:01 left before the half, Peiffer barreled his way in from 6 yards out to put the East up 14-6. He finished the first half on the last play prior to halftime, scoring on a 1-yard run as the clock ticked down to zero as the East hit the locker room with a 21-6 margin.
In the third quarter, the East increased the lead on a Mazama to Mazamo connection. Brosterhous caught his second scoring pass of the game, with this one coming from the arm of fellow Mazama teammate Tristan Lee. The East led 28-6 with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
Peiffer put his third and final score of the game into the end zone on an 11-yard run in the final quarter of the game. A few kneel downs and the two teams met in the middle of the field for congratulations as the East left Baker with a 34-6 victory.