Late Field Goal Leads East Team to Shrine Game Win

Columbia Falls' Austin Green throws touchdown pass in losing effort

By Andy Viano
Columbia Falls' Austin Green celebrates after the Wildcats won the 2017 Class A state championship at Satterthwaite Memorial Field. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Westby-Grenora’s Jeremiah Paine drilled a 30-yard field goal with just more than three minutes remaining to send the East team home with a 24-21 win in the 72nd annual East-West Shrine Game July 21 in Great Falls.

The West team led 14-7 at halftime and went back in front in the third quarter when Columbia Falls’ Austin Green hooked up with Conor McCarvel (Helena Capital) on a 11-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-14.

The top 80 now-graduated seniors from throughout the state of Montana took part in the game, including 12 from Northwest Montana.

More information is available at www.montanaeastwestshrinegame.org.