A wildly productive final two drives salvaged a 10-all tie for the West All-Stars Wednesday night in the 66th annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football game after a 31-yard field goal as time expired.
“We just didn’t finish a couple of drives and gave them a chance,” said East coach and Southern Nash coach Brian Foster. “But these kids did a great job A lot of them have never played anything like what we did on offense and they picked it right up.”
The East ran a double-wing attack and the old style run-heavy approach worked well enough. But it was a pass that set up the series of plays that helped the East take a 10-point lead into the third quarter.
Clayton product Nick Christiansen’s second-quarter field goal from 31 yards out with 7:14 to play in the half.
Christiansen drove the kick to the 1-yard-line where the West’s Phil Taylor fielded the ball. Great coverage led by Demetri Sheridan of Lumberton – the game’s defensive MVP – kept Taylor pinned inside of the 5 and he lost control of the ball. The East’s Dijon Kenan of Wallace-Rose Hill covered it at the 4-yard line.
On the next play, Richmond County back Diquon Cox darted in through the left side for the touchdown. The East took a 10-0 lead just 10 seconds after the game was scoreless.
The West offense tried to use speedy Raquan Jones of Eastern Guilford on deep pass patterns, but all three attempts to find a big play fell incomplete against a secondary that included Fuquay-Varina’s Tyler Williams.
Panther Creek linebacker Matt Powell helped make sure the West’s rushing attack never really got going. The West had just 87 yards rushing. Powell was second on the East squad in tackles with seven.