A fourth quarter touchdown by the West led to the All-Star football game finishing in a 7-7 tie during the third annual Jim Thorpe Games on Friday.
In the end the two teams in the All-Star football game played on Friday at Oklahoma Baptist’s Hurt Field as part of the third annual Jim Thorpe Games ended up right where they started.
A fourth quarter touchdown pass from David Moore to Josiah Gibson allowed the West to tie the East squad 7-7 in a run-dominated defensive struggle.
The two teams played a scoreless first half but the East caught a break midway through the third period. After taking the opening possession of the second half from their own 35 to the West 38, the East was stopped on fourth down.
But the West fumbled the ball on the very next play, giving the East the ball at the 31. A short run by Cody Harjo with a personal foul facemask penalty moved the ball inside the 15. That was followed by an 11-yard run by quarterback Joseph Wood of McLoud before Seminole’s Ryan Tilley finished off the drive with a four-yard run on his only carry of the game for the East’s only points.
The West came back to tie the score on their next possession, with McAlester’s Mason Bumphus running the ball five times for 28 yards on the drive.
Gibson added runs of 11 and 15 yards but after being stopped for no gain on consecutive plays, the West faced a fourth down from the 7-yard line.
Moore rolled to his right and found Gibson, who made a diving catch just inside the pylon for the tying points.
The East moved the ball to the West 26 on their ensuing possession before being stopped on fourth down in the final minute of the game. The tie was the first in the game’s short history.
Wood finished with 69 yards on 11 rushing attempts for the East to along with 38 yards passing. Sasakwa’s Cody Harjo had 41 yards on 5 carries while Seth Juby finished with 32 yards.
Gibson led the West with 61 yards on 6 carries.
Of local interest, McLoud’s Kolton and David Adams, Taylor Menzie and Ryan Rogers all played on the East side, which was coached by McLoud’s Rusty Hall. Kylen Southers of Seminole also played on the East side.
The Jim Thorpe Games will conclude on Saturday with beach volleyball, martial arts and the second day of the tennis competition at OBU.