GREENSBORO – Sparked by the longest scoring pass in East-West All-Star Game history and a dominating defense, the East beat the West 20-8 on Wednesday night.
The East held the West to no first downs, 36 rushing yards on 19 carries and 155 yards on offense.
The game was played in 90-degree weather at Greensboro Grimsley High’s Jamieson Stadium.
A crowd of 5,724 saw the East open the scoring on an 81-yard pass from quarterback Kyler Davis (Fayetteville 71st) to Lamont Murray (Pamlico County) with eight minutes, 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
Davis completed five of nine passes for 116 yards, leading the East offense to 276 yards, and a dominating 29:41 edge in time of possession.
The West opened an 8-7 lead about four minutes later when Shelby’s Kenneth Washington scooped a fumble and ran 69 yards for a touchdown, and Watauga’s Jackson Greene threw a two-point conversion pass to Monroe’s Johtwan Stafford.
A 20-yard TD interception return by Kentreaz Coston of Edenton Holmes with 1:29 left in the first half put the East up 13-8.
Keon Caudle of Tarboro, who led the East with 18 carrries for 119 yards, scored on an 8-yard run with 1:34 to play for the East. Dellan Hall of South Brunswick added the PAT.
Caudle was named the game’s Offensive MVP and the Defensive MVP went to Crest’s Alex Kale, who had two tackles and five assists for the West.
The West went 0-for-9 on third down conversions and the East collected six sacks for minus 58 yards.
Hibriten running back Marqwone Jones had one carry for six yards for the West, whose roster also included Greene and Hibriten’s Josh Baker from Greater Hickory area conferences.
— Game stats provided by the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA)