KINGSVILLE, Texas - Zack Farr (Spartanburg, S.C.) became the second Newberry College football player in as many years to represent the Indians on the East Squad in the Sixth Annual Cactus Bowl Game. However, the West Squad built up a 33-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-33 win over the East Squad.
The Cactus Bowl is an all-star game played every January at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, and is exclusively for Division II senior participants. Many NFL teams scout the event, as a number of players are drafted by teams or sign free agent contracts annually. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Farr is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference player, earning first team honors following the 2005 season. He was nominated for the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the league's top offensive lineman.
Wes Beschorner, of the University of South Dakota, completed 12-of-17 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards and another touchdown in a little over a half of play. He set Cactus Bowl records for total yards (387), passing yards, long pass (72) and the record for touchdown passes. For his play he was named Cactus Bowl Offensive MVP.
23 records were tied or broken in the game. The West Squad broke the team records for points (49), total yards (560), passing yardage (408) and most passing touchdowns (4).
Though it lost the game, the East had strong performances as well. Joey Conrad of Glenville State threw for 135 yards and a Cactus Bowl record-tying three touchdowns. Martin Hicks of Winston Salem State had 76 yards rushing and a touchdown. Anthony Robinson of Carson-Newman had eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Kelvin Morris of West Georgia and Tim Thompson of Valdosta State also had seven tackles in the game.
With the win the West improved to 8-4-1 in the game and ended a streak of three East wins in the last four games.
Last year, Newberry cornerback Jonathan Lyles sealed the win for the East squad with an interception of Pittsburg State's Neal Philpot on the West's final drive.