West over East In 2016 Illinois Shrine Game


Prince for the 2016 Shrine Game Connor Mathey. (The game Princess was Savannah Zirble)


Bloomington, IL- For the thousands of fans that filled the sun drenched stands of Tucci Stadium Saturday, the day was a grand one. The 42nd Illinois Shrine game, played on the gorgeous campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, did not disappoint. The West All Stars led by Marian Central Catholic HS RB Emitt Peisert and Byron HS DL Jacob Elsbury beat the East squad 34-12.

Peisert was spectacular, ripping off a 70 yard punt return and a 55 yard ESPN-style highlight run from scrimmage. The 55 yarder ended at the the East’s one yard line after a TD saving tackle by the East defense. The University of St. Thomas bound bundle of energy dazzled the crowd to earn the West sides Offensive MVP. Great play on the defensive side garnered Elsbury (Coe College) the West’s Defensive MVP.

Tyler Perkins from Harvard HS played great D for the West. Fred Bush played great OL opening hole for his squads running attack. Bush graduated from Richmond-Burton HS and is headed to Robert Morris University. Perkins is headed to Concordia School of Wisconsin. Kyle Gara is heading to Ball State University after a great multi-sport career at Marengo HS. The head coach for the Indians, Matt Lynch, was the assistant coach for the West.

Click here to listen to Joshua Moeller’s (East) father, Bruce tell us what this game means to his 4th generation Shriner family:


  • East Team: Tyler Larson DL Huntley HS (DNP). Head Coach John Hart
  • West Team: Fred Bush OL/DL Richmond-Burton HS. Head Coach Patrick Elder
  • West Team: Kyle Gara ILB Marengo HS. Head Coach Matt Lynch
  • West Team: Tyler Perkins OLB Harvard HS. Head Coach Sean Saylor
  • West team: Emitt Peisert RB Marian Central Catholic HS. Head Coach Mike Maloney


Listen to R-B HS head coach, Pat Elder, tell us what the Shrine game means to him and his father, John:



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Danny Berg Jr with Sailor the Dog

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