Future Dawgs Play Well in Win

It wasn't pretty, but it was a 'W'. Holding the East offense to a paltry 109 yards all day, the West team scratched and clawed their way to a 14-0 win in the 2004 East-West All-Star Game, held Saturday under sunny skies at Everett Memorial Stadium. The West took the game despite some turnovers and special teams issues that saw 265-pound Adam Hineline from Newport handle the punting chores all day for the men in blue.

Issaquah's Blake Ferguson, the Tony Whitefield award winner, and running back Saxton Shearer from Burlington Edison, racked up the only touchdowns the West would need, as Hineline, Washington-bound Jordan White-Frisbee and eventual West MVP Logan Cullen from Anacortes handled the East offensive line up front, a line whose two tackles are both set to enroll at Washington State this fall - Columbia River's Eddie Vickers and East Valley's Andy Roof.

Cullen made a key play, a partial block of a Ben Hannula punt that was recovered on the fly by O'Dea's Andre Geraghty and returned far into East territory. Geraghty also sealed the win for the West defensively, snagging a ball that was tipped by Mariner's Trenton Tuiasosopo as quarterback Brett Gordon was marching the East offense well inside the West's half of the field.

But White-Frisbee and Hineline were the catalysts for the West. Both spent most the game in the opposition's backfield. "It's my spin move," the 6-6, 335-pound big man from Inglemoor said after the game. "That, and my size."

The West's offense, led by WSU-bound Gary Rogers and Cole Morgan, should have had a field day, especially when coupled with a line anchored by Aaron Klovas (Oregon), Tyler Ashby (Washington), and Ryan Bush (Washington).

The East had other ideas. Mitch Reffett (Central Washington), Steffan Blume (Washington State), Patrick McKillop, and Eric Mattox (Washington State) led a quick and tenacious team in red. Both Vickers and Roof played both ways in an effort to contain West running back Johnie Kirton (Washington).

Kirton, at 6-3 and easily 260 pounds, had a tough go from the start, but still managed 56 yards on 16 carries. It's nothing Johnie will write home about, but when compared to the three total yards combined by the rest of the running backs for BOTH teams, he'll take it.

One of those running backs, Southridge's Tyler Mattair, joined Ferguson in earning the top award for the East - the Lynn Rosenbach award. Both the Rosenback and Whitefield awards symbolize dedication, attitude, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

Two players, Bellarmine Prep's McKillop and Mercer Island's Michael Gottlieb, told Dawgman.com after the game that they still intend to walk on this fall with the Huskies in the hopes that they can earn a scholarship. Renton's all-everything athlete, Quinton Jackson, also confirmed his intentions to walk-on if he becomes eligible to enroll.

There was one other Washington walk-on, West Seattle's Michael Nahl, who also played for the West.

Monday is the first day the 2004 signees can start lifting and working out on campus. Tuiasosopo, Kirton, Ashby and Walt Winter all told Dawgman.com that they will be on campus Monday. Expect White-Frisbee and Bankhead to soon follow. In Keauntea's words, "I don't want to be known as the only guy that's not working out, so I'll be there."

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