Associated Press: West 10, East 7
Greensboro, NC -- Going into tonight's game most observers believed the East All-Stars would have their way with the West, featuring the state's top player, Andre Brown, at running back and a host of other solid D-1 signees. However, a pesky West squad battled throughout and came out on top 10-7.
After the West jumped out front early in the second quarter behind a 34-yard field goal from Eastern Alamance's Matt Smith, the East All-Stars roared right back behind the talents of Andre Brown.
The running back from Greenville Rose capped an 80-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run, giving the East a 7-3 lead. The scoring drive's key play was a terrific hook-and-ladder pass that ended with Brown on the receiving end of a 30-yard pass play which set up his eventual score.
The next two quarters featured strong defensive efforts from both squads, and the game turned late in the fourth quarter on a successful fake punt attempt by the West All-Stars. Quarterback Brandon Franklin from Kannapolis Brown took the short snap and hit Kernersville Glenn's Quentin Cotton streaking down the left sideline for a 26-yard pass play. Franklin's two-yard plunge with two minutes left gave the West the 10-7 victory.
Obviously the most talented player on the field, Brown finished the night with 56 yards on 9 carries and a 30-yard pass reception. However, it wasn't the ending he envisioned heading into the game, and he was obviously upset with the outcome.
"I'm not going to lie… I'm a little disappointed," Brown told Pack Pride following the game. "We didn't win and it's that simple. It's about the team and throw out the individual stats… we didn't get the job done. I don't lose many games so I'm definitely disappointed."
"The defense stepped it up and had big stops all night," he added. "The offense only had a week to come in and click… that's tough. We just couldn't stick it in the endzone most of the night and it came back to hurt us."
NC State's other signee, quarterback Daniel Evans, played sparing for the East squad but completed 3 of 6 attempts for five yards and added an 11-yard run on a bootleg. Evans admitted that he wanted to play more, but was also happy just taking part in the All-Star game.
"You always wish you can get more snaps in a game this big," he said. "But, you never get to play with a group of guys like this in high school so it was great. I played alright when I was in, but you can always do better."
Evans begins his career at NC State on August 5th, and Brown will prep at Hargrave before matriculating to Raleigh.
East 0 7 0 0 -- 7
West 0 3 0 7 -- 10
W--M. Smith 34 FG
E--A. Brown 12 run (C. Barth kick)
W--B. Franklin 1 run (M. Smith kick)
RUSHING: East--A. Brown (Greenville Rose) 9-56, M. Ferguson 3-22, D. Evans (Raleigh Broughton) 1-11, T. Green (Fayetteville Smith) 2-8, M. Rush (Richmond Senior) 2-5, M. Hill (Harnett Central) 1-3, P. Pinkney (Fayetteville Pine Forest) 2-8, T. Primus (Garner) 1-2. W--J. McEachin (Trinity) 14-76, C. Simpson (Statesville) 5-19, J. Billips (Elkin) 5-15, B. Franklin (Kannapolis Brown) 7-20, J. Moore (East Gaston) 4-6,
PASSING: East--D. Evans (Raleigh Broughton) 6-3-0 5yds, P. Pinkney (Fayetteville Pine Forest) 16-7-1 86yds. W--B. Franklin (Kannapolis Brown) 16-4-2 63yds, J. Moore (East Gaston) 18-11-1 103 Att.--9,012
Wolfpack Signees Daniel Evans and Andre Brown