GREENSBORO – Behind a dominant offensive performance, the West football team pounded the East 33-14 to claim the North Carolina Coaches Association’s annual East-West All-Star Game by a 33-14 score at Grimsley High’s Jamieson Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The East, which counted Hunt High graduate Davon McKayhan-Jones as a starting cornerback and Southern Nash head coach Brian Batchelor as the offensive line coach, fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and never caught. The East managed just 16 rushing yards to the West’s 271 and was outgained overall on offense 356 yards to 119.
McKayhan-Jones, a three-way threat for the Warriors last fall, did not record an offensive statistic or return a kick but he did make five tackles, including three solo stops, for the East team led by Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas.
The West got an 11-yard touchdown run from Jahmier Slade of nearby Dudley High and a 3-yard scoring run from quarterback Jabrii Carolina of Thomasville, who was named the game’s offensive MVP. He had a game-high 111 yards on 15 rushes and threw for 85 yards on 8-of-17 passing.
The West extended its lead to 20-0 on a 29-yard TD run by Tre’von Hester of Page High before the East finally broke through. A pass interference call helped the drive that needed just four plays for the East to reach the end zone. Quarterback Jay Haggins of Hope Mills South View connected with Southern Durham’s Jewalace Holmes for a 22-yard strike with just 1 minute, 24 seconds left in the first half.
The East got the second-half kickoff but fumbled on third down, the game’s only turnover, and the West recovered at the East 22-yard line.
Carolina ran in a 4-yard TD and the West led 26-7.
Holmes returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to set up the East’s second TD, a 29-yard catch by Holmes on Wilmington Hoggard QB Sam Jones’ pass.
The West added a Hester 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
Brub Hines of Rutherfordton-Spindale Central was named the game’s defensive MVP after leading his team with seven tackles, including a pair of sacks.