FOSTORIA — After rallying from 24 points down to take a 32-30 lead with 2:09 left in Saturday night’s East-West Coaches All-Star Game sponsored by the Fostoria Athletic Boosters, the West had every reason to be excited.
But Dale Irby wasn’t quite finished.
The Sandusky Perkins standout returned a kickoff 67 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game with 1:59 to go and then snuffed out one final West surge with an interception as the East recorded a 36-32 win in the 31st renewal of the annual contest at Memorial Stadium.
Irby earlier ran 34 yards for a touchdown and caught scoring passes of 20 and 21 yards en route to earning the East’s Tommy Latham Most Valuable Player Award.
“I’ve had the opportunity to coach him the last four years and he is a very, very, very, very special football player,” East coach Jason Ziegler of Perkins said. “He’s going to Ashland University and he’s probably one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached.”
The West, after trailing 30-6 in the third quarter, took its first lead at 32-30 when McComb’s Clay Dysert plunged into the end zone to finish off a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:09 to go.
Pandora-Gilboa quarterback Seth Schmenk threw for three touchdowns and a two-point conversion and won the West’s Andy Bish Most Valuable Player Award.
Norwalk’s Garret McFarland and Patrick Henry’s Reid Nye were the winners of the Ian Kuhn Sportsmanship Award for the East and West, respectively.
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