Two graduated football players from Enterprise High School, Marcus Lynn and Michael Baty, made fans from Wallowa County proud Saturday afternoon, August 4, during the annual East-West Shrine Football Game in Baker City.
The game itself was a nail biter start to finish, only settled with 0:04 seconds remaining when the field goal kicker for the West team, a player whod missed two field goal attempts earlier in the game, connected from about 40 yards out.
Lynn used his speed from the outside receiver position to juke past defensive backs and haul in two long touchdown passes in a narrow 31-28 loss to the West all stars.
Baty, originally named an alternate to the East squad, was awarded a position as a late replacement by the Shrine Selection Committee.
The leading tackler for Enterprise High School during his senior year, Baty played middle-line defense in the East-West game and made some crucial defensive stops.
Split wide right, Lynn caught two passes during the game that were for 55 and 45-yard touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs during the fray.
Baty, too, performed extra duty during kickoffs, showing his skills both on the Easts kickoff team and kick receiving team.
Lynn scored the first touchdown of the game on the longer of his two strikes, benefitting mightily from a classic pump fake from the quarterback.
Knowledgeable sources say both players plan to continue their education at different community colleges, neither of which has football teams. Lynn, however, likely will compete in track next year at Lane Community College, in Eugene.