RED JACKET – The second annual East-West All-Star classic kicked off Saturday night at Mingo Centrals “Buck” Harless Stadium.
The game was tight all the way through until a bench clearing brawl, early in the fourth quarter, halted play. The game ended with 9:00 minutes left to go in the game because of the 40-plus players scuffle.
The West team was declared the winners with a final score of 13-7. Both teams were evenly matched and held strong defensively for most of the game.
A litany of third quarter penalties added fuel to the fire of growing animosity between the opposing sides. Some indirect remarks concerning game-play from the West’s sideline sparked some quick actions from the East players in retaliation that resulted in the game ending fight.
The West’s Head Coach Joey Fields said, “This was very unfortunate; this game is about the kids, there was some misunderstanding and things got way out of control.”
Despite how the game ended, game-play was entertaining up until that point. The West team struck first with a 20 yard field goal from kicker Tyler Harrison after a 14 play drive that was held short near the goal line.
The first touchdown was scored with a little over 8:00 minutes left to play before halftime. West quarterback Ryan Miller connected with his Logan teammate Zach Acord for 47 yard touchdown from a fade route down the right sideline. Kicker Tyler Harrison, a Mingo Central grad, added the extra point.
The East team put six on the scoreboard with just under one minute left before halftime. Wyoming East quarterback Aaron Griffith hit his former Wyoming east teammate Nik Walker in the left corner of the end zone for a thirty yard touchdown. East Kicker Tristan Jones added the PAT after the TD.
Tyler Harrison added another field goal late in the third quarter to bring the score to 13-7 in favor of the West team.
“I was extremely proud of how our kids played; we were standing very strong on defense and were making things happen offensively. These guys have such great talent and are really great athletes,” added Fields.
The West gained the advantage over the East offensively by out-gaining them 176-173 of total offense.
Mingo Central’s Chase Justice was held to 26 yards on 14 carries, Justice received the bulk of the running workload. Ryan Miller finished the game going 8 for 15 on passing attempts for 103 yards.
Aaron Griffith from Wyoming East ended the game going 13 for 21 on passing attempts for 176 yards.
The East team struggled running the ball against the West’s defense, and finished the game with negative 3 yards on 13 carries.
Holly Fields of Riverside High School was named the East-West All-Star Classic queen during halftime.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)