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East Shrine Game all-stars have championship pedigree

Posted: 11:41 PM, Jul 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 12:10:53-04

GREAT FALLS — With less than 48 hours until the 73rd annual Montana East-West Shrine game kicks off in Butte, the East team got in its final on field tune-ups in Great Falls before making the trip to the Mining City.

With so much talent on both teams, it’s hard to pick a winner. But it might not hurt to start by looking at last fall’s high school season.

Of the five high school state champions across all levels of Montana, four of them (Billings West, Billings Central, Fairfield and Wibaux) are represented on the East roster.

Does that give this team the edge?

“I like to say it does, yeah, but there’s just so many great players on both teams,” said Billings West center Maverick Roberts. “We’re really just working hard and looking forward to the challenge we face.”

“Just with experience and more of a winning attitude,” added Billings West tackle Kobe Nelson. “Yeah, I’d say so.”

“I don’t know if I’d say that, there’s a lot of good players here,” said Fairfield’s Walker Heckman. “It’s really cool to be in a place with so many players who are so good and always know what they’re doing. Definitely a lot of fun, it’s a new atmosphere for me.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bob Green Field in Butte. The game will be broadcast live on MTN stations across Montana and online at MontanaSports.com.