West, East settle for a tieField goal as time expires ends all-star game at 10-10
GREENSBORO — 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 being dominated by the East defense for much of the night (compiling just 53 yards through the first 54 minutes of play), the West picked up its first points of the night via a five-yard touchdown run by Kenneth Purvis, then held the East’s double-wing offense on fourth down at the West 20-yard-line.
Quarterback McKinley Brown of Pisgah scrambled around the pocket, found Hunter Wike (East Tennessee State) of Pisgah for one big reception and moved the West squad to the East 14 with four seconds to play. That set up a 31-yard Luke Hayek (Shelby) field goal as time expired, sending the game to an even finish for just the second time. (The first tie, a scoreless one, came back in 1962.)
Wike finished with two receptions for 41 yards, which led all West receivers.
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.
A play-action pass that got Hope Mills South View tight end Troy Cain wide open for a 25-yard gain (from Deon Lavender) set up Clayton product Nick Christiansen’s second-quarter field goal from 31 yards out with 7:14 to play in the half.
Christiansen then took advantage of the West’s kick return spacing on the ensuing kick off.
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. Christiansen followed with the extra point for a 10-0 lead, just 10 seconds after the game was scoreless.
Cox was the game’s offensive MVP with a game-high 82 yards rushing on 15 carries.