WARRENSBURG -- Dexter coach Aaron Pixley and New Madrid County Central coach Arlen Pixley guided the East to a 31-28 victory in the 31st Annual Missouri Lions Club East-West All-Star Football game at Walton Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.
The victory for the East was the first win against the West since 1999. Grant Ressel's 27-yard field goal with 63 remaining lifted the East to the 3-point victory.
After a scoreless first quarter, the West took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a pair of touchdown passes. Kaleb Fillis hit Caleb Sanders on a 68-
yard TD strike before tossing a conversion pass to Dan Reichert with 3:27 left.
Two minutes later, the West scored again. This time, Reichert hauled in a touchdown throw from Michael Admire. The conversion kick failed with 1:27 left.
Trailing by 14 points, the East rallied behind Tanner Dinsdale, whose 18-yard TD toss to Byron Bundy allowed Ressel's PAT kick to cut the West's lead in half with 22 seconds remaining before intermission.
The East tied the score at 14 with 5:37 left in third quarter on Dindale's 1-
yard plunge into the end zone. Ressel's kick knotted the game.
But nearly 2 1/2 minutes later, the West regained the lead after Kyle Nixdorf's 1-yard run. When the conversion kick failed, the West led 20-14 at the 2:03 mark.
Kendrickus Reed of Caruthersville rumbled 41 yards for a TD 62 seconds later as the East prepared to take a 21-20 lead on Ressel's kick with 1:01 left.
The East extended its lead to 28-20 when Dinsdale completed a 10-yard touchdown pass -- his second of the game -- to Derrick Smith eight seconds into the fourth quarter. Ressel supplied the PAT kick.
Fillis added his second TD pass in the fourth quarter, when Mark Lawhorn caught a 37-yard toss with 9:07 left. The West tied the score at 28 after Nixdorf's run was successful on the conversion play.
The East won the battle of ground yardage, 184-26, while the West dominated through the air, 404-182. The West held a 430-366 edge in total offense.
Reed led all rushers with 75 yards on 10 carries while Dinsdale added 60 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Fillis had 29 yards on four carries and Nixdorf added 22 yards on four ground chances.
Dinsdale completed 12-of-25 passes with one interception for the East while Admire went 16-of-27 for 208 yards with no interceptions and Fillis was 14-
of-21 for 196 yards with one interception for the West.
Bundy topped all East receivers with 87 yards on six receptions. Sanders made seven catches for 138 yards to lead the West.