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East overcomes West in All-Star football match

Franklinton, Wake Forest players participate

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GREENSBORO — The East All-Stars football team defeated the West 20-8 on July 17 at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro. Two Franklinton High School players and two Wake Forest players were in on the action for the East’s victory.

Franklinton’s Kendall Harris had four carries for 18 yards rushing. Steve Green represented the Red Rams with two catches for 11 yards. For Wake Forest, Devon Grant logged two tackles and his teammate Isaiah Dickens recorded one.

The East scored the first touchdown of the game off an 81-yard pass from Kyler Davis of Seventy-First High School to Lamont Murray from Pamlico County in the first quarter. Four minutes later, the West scored off a 69-yard fumble recovery from Shelby High School’s Kenneth Washington. The All-Stars converted a successful two-point conversion off a pass play from Watauga’s Jackson Greene to Monroe’s JahTwan Stafford.

With a minute and a half left in the second quarter, Kentreaz Coston of Holmes High School picked off a pass and returned the interception 20 yards for a defensive touchdown. With a minute and a half left in the game, Tarboro’s Keon Caudle added an 8-yard rushing touchdown for the East to seal the victory. Caudle was named the offensive MVP with 18 carries for 119 rushing yards.

The East dominated the West defensively, holding the West to just 15 total yards for the entire game. The West went 0-9 on third-down conversions and had to punt seven times. The East also recorded six sacks for a loss of 58 yards.

The total attendance for the All-Star game was 5,724 people. This was North Carolina’s 71st high school football All-Star game in the history of the state.