July 5, 2012

Stone, Bondurant 'Star' in Thrilling Win

by Brock Bondurant

Harley Stone, Brent Bondurant and Brock Bondurant participated in the 2012 Do or Die Bowl on Saturday in Quincy, IL. They were joined by Tigers Chris Jackson, Christian Bradley, Ben Shannan and Cordie Kigar for a photo following the West team's 20-14 victory.

"West Side!" - the phrase being echoed throughout the night at Quincy's Flinn Stadium as the Missouri team won the KHQA "Do-or-Die All-star Bowl". The West squad pulled out a late victory over the East team, 20-14. The game went all the way down to the final play on an East hail-mary that was batted down at the 5-yard line as time expired. The game was expected to be a shootout with two, high-powered offenses going at it. It was the defense however, that would show up early.

As the first quarter ended, neither team was able to change the zeroes on the scoreboard. The West All-stars finally put points on the board on a 3 yard Touchdown run by Monroe City's Shane Williams. The extra-point was missed, giving the West a 6-0 lead that would be carried through halftime.

In the second half, both offenses came out providing a little bit more of an exciting game as the West would again use Williams for a score. All-state Clopton-Elsberry Quarterback, Scott Kroeger threw a screen pass to the Monroe star who then took it 45 yards for a Touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed giving West a 12-0 lead that would diminish quickly following two touchdown connections from East quarterback, Matt Gunterman to receiver Jansen Joehl.

Down 14-12, Kroeger would lead an 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a 12-yard touchdown run by Bowling Green running back Tom Lathrop. Shane Williams again scored, this time on the famed "Statue of Liberty" play for the 2-point conversion. With West up 20-14 and 2:20 to play, Gunterman led a long, hair-pulling drive that finally ended with the East's prayer being knocked down by Brock Bondurant on the final play, and a jubilant West squad storming the field to celebrate the victory. Coach Brent Bondurant received his last Gatorade bath - upon the request of Head Coach, Tony DeGrave - courtesy of his two standout seniors from SC.

Harley Stone caught one pass for 19 yards that gave the West side a crucial first down in the third quarter. Brock Bondurant recorded 2 tackles and 3 pass deflections for a stellar West defense that was led by their MVP, Will Mefford of South Shelby. The Offensive MVP for the West squad was their Quarterback, Scott Kroeger (Clopton-Elsberry).

Following the big win, fellow Tri-Rivers Conference defensive back, Leighton McCabe (Knox County) summed it up best stating, "Illinois can excel at basketball, but leave the football to Missouri."

This game marked Stone and Bondurant's last game together as Stone will walk-on at Central Methodist University and Bondurant at the University of Missouri. This was also Coach Brent Bondurant's last football game as a member of a coaching staff.

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