Wyer, West hold off East in Classic Bowl XXX

One of six catches on the night for Davian Murrow in Classic Bowl XXX. Photo by Eric Scott.

WOODWARD – It was another classic in Woodward on Saturday night, and not just because the name suggested it.

Classic Bowl XXX lived up to the billing, a hotly contested all-star matchup, won this year by the West, 40-28.

Conor Wyer was named the West MVP for his efforts on the night. The QB from Clinton was 20-of-33 passing for 254 yards and two TDs. He also ran in a 10-yard touchdown to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.

“I think we played really well,” Wyer said. “Coaches had a great week. Players had a great week. And we executed really well.

“We bonded really well and had a great chemistry. I made some long-lasting friendships.”

The three-sport star plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall.

The scoring went back and forth in the first half. The East got on the board first on a 20-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joey Najera (Timberlake).

Wyer’s first TD pass went to Matthew Lynch (Canadian, Texas) to knot the score at 7-7.

Touchdowns from each team, which included a second Wyer-Lynch connection and a London McKee (Chisholm) run, tied the score again. The West then capitalized on a turnover when Chipper Skelton (Elk City) found fellow Big Elk Diguan Bradford (Elk City) for a 9-yard strike and the West went up 21-14.

But two TD tosses from Najera, including the game’s longest play – a 78-yard pass to Davian Murrow (Alva), gave the East a 28-21 lead at the half.

Murrow was the MVP for the West. He had six receptions for 146 yards and racked up 178 all-purpose yards.

Murrow will stay in Alva and attend Northwestern this fall.

The West accounted for all the scoring in the second half. Skelton added a touchdown run and Izhan Castillo (Laverne) had a 22-yard interception return.

The West defense did its part to keep the East off the board and that was reflected in the seven interceptions corralled on the night. Isahi Vargas (Hooker) and Riley Girton (Shattuck) each had two picks.

Coach Andy Cavalier (Canadian, Texas) of the winning West squad said the biggest part of the Classic Bowl was getting to know the individual players.

“It was a pleasure to meet each one of them,” Cavalier said. “It’s been an awesome thing to be a part of.”

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