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Keenan touchdown sparks East to 21-14 win in Lions All-Star Game

Thursday, July 29, 2004

WARRENSBURG -- Sikeston High School record-setting wide receiver Scotty Keenan provided the eventual game-winning touchdown in the 28th Annual Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game here on Saturday.

Keenan, who broke two 30-year-old records last fall in high school, caught a 47-yard touchdown reception to propel his East team to a 21-14 win against the West.

The score extended the East's lead to 21-7 in the third quarter. The West scored a TD in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer.

Other area players also competed in the game, including Charleston's A.H. Marshall, Travis McCann and Danny Farmer. Also competing was New Madrid County Central's Remond Willis and Kennett's David Wilson.

Marshall started at free safety while Farmer was a starting defensive end. McCann started at tight end and Willis started at linebacker.

The All-Star game features outstanding graduated high school football players from the entire state.

The annual affair was created in order to benefit the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and has raised approximately $160,000 for this statewide Lions project. The game pits some of the top football talent from around the state to play one last game with and against their peers before entering the world of college or other careers.

The game is divided into East and West teams. Heading this year's West squad was Coach Rob Bowers of Richmond High School, and the East was coached by Coach John Pukala of Hazelwood Central High School.