BIDDEFORD – Bangor’s Lonnie Hackett rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and the East All-Stars amassed 551 total yards to rally for a 40-35 victory over the West 40-35 in the highest scoring Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic in the game’s 21-year history.
The combined score was one point more than the East’s 47-27 win in 2007.
The West still leads the series 15-6, but the East has now won four of the last five contests.
Hackett capped off the East’s scoring with a 34-yard run with 2:19 left in the game, his team’s only rushing touchdown. The Bowdoin College-bound Hackett, who was named the East team’s MVP, rushed nine times for 96 yards in the fourth quarter alone.
Eric Theiss of Leavitt of Turner Center passed for three touchdowns and Ronnie Turner of Lewiston added two passing scores as the East ripped through the West defense for 383 passing yards.
Nolan Turner of Hampden Academy was the game’s top receiver with seven catches for 179 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown pass from Theiss less than two minutes into the third quarter.
Rashard Edgerton of Brunswick added 83 yards in receptions and two touchdown catches, and the East also got a big defensive performance from linebacker Ian Champeon of Foxcroft Academy, who had a blocked punt and recovery, two quarterback sacks as well as several special-teams tackles.
Edgerton had a 30-yard scoring pass from Theiss with 6 minutes left in the first quarter to get the East on the board after the West had taken an early 15-0 lead on a 7-yard run by Jonathan Day of Gorham after an East fumble on the opening kickoff and a 1-yard run by South Portland’s Ryan Curit.
The West extended its lead to 22-6 on a 29-yard run by Steve Trask of Thornton Academy of Saco, but the East pulled to within 22-14 by intermission on a 7-yard pass from Turner to Ricky Orio of Cony of Augusta.
Turner then beat a West defender down the left sideline and caught a perfectly lofted pass by Theiss to draw the East within 22-20, but the West answered with a 14-yard
scoring pass from Jackson Taylor of Windham to Jacob Alexander of Portland to regain a 29-20 cushion.
The East then took control with three straight touchdowns. Theiss hit Edgerton from 25 yards out to pull the East within 29-27 on the first play of the fourth quarter, then the East grabbed its first lead at 33- 29 on a 16-yard pass from Turner to Bill Wetherbee of John Bapst of Bangor with 11:02 to play.