West carves up East at Shrine game

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The West topped the East 40-21 Saturday night at Great Falls in the 75th edition of the Montana East-West Shrine Football All-Star game. The West cruised through the second half for the win after building a 9-point lead at the half.

“They (Dillon kids) did well up there,” said BCHS and West assistant coach Brett Carver of Dillon representatives Callahan Hoffman and Jonathan Kirkley. “Callahan, being as tall as he is, is always something to deal with that makes it hard on offenses. Kirkley is a total stud. He did phenomenal.”

Both Hoffman and Kirkley played on the defensive side, Hoffman as an end and Kirkley as a linebacker.

“In general, it was probably the best group of kids I ever coached as fas as we never had any problems with disciipline,” said Carver. “It was a fun bunch of kids to coach and not one kid played bad.”

For Carver, it was the first time ever he coached on the same staff as his son, Hamilton and West head coach Bryce Carver.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Brett of working with his son. “He didn’t want to give his offense to me. What he did was have arm bands for the whole team, so when he called a play they could look at their arm bands and every kid knew what they were doing.”

The win was the 34th for the West against 41 for the East in the rivalry.

In the Carver rivalry, Brett is now 3-0 on the staff at an all-star football game. Bryce broke the ice with his first win in three tries.

According to research the family did at the game, it was the first time on the West side that a son-father combination as head and assistant coach were victorious. Brett said that the only other time a father-son combo on the West as assistants came four years ago when former Dillon head coach Rick Nordahl and his son Twin Bridges head coach Brett Nordahl coached on the West staff.