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69th Annual East-West Montana Shrine Game Preview

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It doesn't matter if it's Class AA or C, a lot of the best high school talent in Montana will be on the same field Saturday night… and these kids are excited to be a part of it.

"A lot of these kids I won't ever get to play football with again in my life. It's the first time playing with them and the last time and it's just awesome meeting them and playing football with them," said Great Falls High WR Kessler Leonard.

"I'm really excited. I got to play in the MonDak to shake off the rust a little bit and now being able to be here and get a 2nd game in the summer is awesome. I couldn't ask for anything better," said Isaiah Cech, Helena High LB.

It's also special because the game is for something ‘bigger’ than sports. The past two years, it’s raised over 200,000 dollars for the Shriners Children Hospital… and this year’s game will add to that.  

"It's a huge honor playing for all the kids who aren't as gifted or privileged as us here. And then also to represent the state of Montana," Brady McChesney, Glacier QB.

"We're playing for something bigger. We're raising a lot of money and helping underprivileged kids that need the help and we're making that happen for them," said Holden Ryan, Billings Central RB.

A lot of these kids will play football next year… in colleges across Montana… but tomorrow night will be the last time they play as high school kids.

"It's just a  lot of great emotion and great tradition and it means a lot to these kids and the state of Montana high school football," said West and Butte Central head coach Don Peoples Jr.

"Every football game you have to have fun and play hard. For those kids not going on to play college football it's their last time playing in the game and just appreciate that and enjoy it, said CMR and East head coach Gary Lowry.

It's special for everyone. Top players on the field supporting a great cause off of it. It’s truly the BEST Montana has to offer.

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