HASTINGS, Neb. — Dayne Hinrichs won the wager.

And, in the process, the Giltner quarterback helped lead the West to a 34-22 victory over the East in Saturday’s Sertoma Eight-Man Classic at Hastings College.

Hinrichs went 5 for 11 for 115 yards and three touchdowns to earn offensive most valuable player honors for the West.

His touchdowns helped him win a bet with his cousin Josh, who had one touchdown receiving in last year’s game.

This wasn’t a performance Hinrichs would have predicted when practices began on Monday.

“At the start of the week, I didn’t feel that I’d be able to run this offense,” he said. “(West assistant) Coach (Steve) Neptune put in a great offense, very sophisticated. To come out here and put up 34 points, I was super proud of my guys, even those who dropped some balls.”

The West feasted on five East turnovers and turned three of those into touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to an 18-0 lead.

After West defensive MVP Gentry Anderson of Arapahoe picked off a pass to end the East’s opening drive at the 3-yard line, the West drove 97 yards in 15 plays to take a 6-0 lead.

The East put together a 16-play, 80-yard drive to get on the scoreboard with 6:05 left in the first half on Drew Bippes’ 22-yard touchdown pass to Neligh-Oakdale’s Austin Rice. John Christensen of BDS — who was the East’s defensive MVP — ran in the 2-point conversion to cut the deficit to 18-8.

It was the East’s turn to take advantage of turnovers early in the second half. Osmond’s Anthony Heiman returned a fumble 27 yards to the 5, and the East scored on a 5-yard pass from Bippes to Wausa’s Ghatlin Hegge.

Trailing 26-14, the East answered with a 5-yard touchdown by Exeter-Milligan/Friend running back Edwen Baptista — the East offensive MVP.

“We came back and got it to 26-22 and had a chance to win the ballgame,” said East coach Ryan Haughton of Fullerton. “I was pretty proud of us getting a chance to win it.”

West.....18 0    8  8—34

East........0 8 14 0—22

First Quarter

W: Ryan Denkert 20 pass from Chris Kester (run failed), 3:36.

W: Gage Haake fumble recovery in end zone (run failed), 1:28.

W: Zac Sweet 28 pass from Dayne Hinrichs (pass failed), :25.

Second Quarter

E: Austin Rice 22 pass from Drew Bippes (John Christensen run), 6:05.

Third Quarter

E: Ghatlin Hegge 5 pass from Bippes (pass failed), 9:41.

W: Ty Martinsen 11 pass from Hinrichs (Bennett Floyd run), 5:36.

E: Edwen Baptista 5 run (Lane Heikkinen run), 1:34.

Fourth Quarter

W: Riley Racicky 19 pass from Hinrichs (Denkert pass from Hinrichs), 3:27.


Rushing—W: Bennett Floyd (Sutherland) 9-44, Jordan Holen (Bertrand) 9-28, Ty Martinsen (Riverside) 5-25, Chris Kester (Clearwater-Orchard) 7-22, Lane Edis (Mullen) 7-15, Riley Racicky (Pleasanton) 3-9, Jacob Long (Clearwater-Orchard) 1-3, Dayne Hinrichs (Giltner) 1-(minus 7), team 1-(minus 8). E: Edwen Baptista (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 19-60, Jacob Sharp (Lawrence-Nelson) 6-33, Lane Heikkinen (Lawrence-Nelson) 3-28, Josh McFarland (Elkhorn Valley) 2-6, Koby Dillon (Palmyra) 1-5, Austin Rice (Neligh-Oakdale) 1-3, Ghatlin Hegge (Wausa) 1-2, Josh Christensen (BDS) 2-0, Drew Beppes (Falls City Sacred Heart) 1-(minus 13), team 1-(minus 38).

Passing—W: Dayne Hinrichs (Giltner) 5-11-0 115, Chris Kester (Clearwater-Orchard) 3-6-0 46. E: Lane Heikkinen (Lawrence-Nelson) 3-3-0 20, Drew Bippes (Falls City Sacred Heart) 3-5-1 16, Koby Dillon (Palmyra) 2-7-1 3.

Receiving—W: Ty Martinsen (Riverside) 3-57, Zac Sweet (Mullen) 2-65, Ryan Denkert (Kenesaw) 1-20, Riley Racicky (Pleasanton) 1-19, Jordan Holen (Bertrand) 1-0. E: Edwen Baptista (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 2-18, Ghatline Hegge (Wausa) 2-13, Austin Rice (Neligh-Oakdale) 2-7, Josh McFarland (Elkhorn Valley) 2-1.

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