East hangs West out to dry

Walla Walla Head Coach Marc Yonts used his team's size to overcome Bethel Head Coach Eric Kurle's speed advantage as the East All-Stars beat the West All-Stars 13-3 tonight at Everett Memorial Stadium. Passing was difficult and speed was neutralized by the inclement conditions, allowing the East's size to gain the upper hand.

Garfield's Isaiah Stanback, headed to Washington on a full scholarship, got the West off to a good start by scrambling often on their initial drive. The drive stalled, however, and they settled for a 46-yard field goal by Mount Si's Brett Bergstrom. After that, it was all East.

Led by Portland State-bound Sawyer Smith and Tim Benzel, the East squad methodically worked their way downfield, led by eventual offensive MVP Scott Davis of Kamiakin. Davis is headed to Washington State this fall. He was led into the hole numerous times by East Valley (Spokane) FB Justin Moody. Moody, at 6-3 and 245 pounds, worked double duty for the East and was a physical presence throughout the game. He'll be attending Boise State on a wrestling scholarship.

Davis scored the first touchdown for the East, and it ended up being the game winner. Late in the fourth quarter, Ellensburg's Nolan Teasley took a handoff and found himself romping free into the West endzone for a 45-yard touchdown run.

Rainier Beach's Nate Robinson, while not having the game he would have liked, is always a blast to watch. On at least two punt returns, he was a tackle away from breaking for big yardage. He also played numerous positions, including receiver and defensive back.

With the rain taking the air out of the ball, the East's size took over. Stanback had scramble after terrific scramble, and threw the ball on the dead run with uncanny accuracy. Down 13-3 with only 3 minutes left, the West had their best scoring chance when Stanback once again eluded pressure and as he was headed out of bounds threw a perfect spiral down the right sideline where only Kentwood's Kevin Jones could get it.

Unfortunately, it went right through Jones' breadbasket, sealing the West's fate for good.

Two big reasons why Stanback was on the run all night were in the form of 6-6, 245-pound Adam Carriker (Nebraska) and 6-5, 250-pound defensive end Jordan Reffett (Washington). Carriker and Reffett were all over the line Friday, causing havoc wherever they went.

Ironically enough, the defensive MVP ended up playing for the losing team. Kentridge's Eric Hass, who is walking on at Washington this fall, earned that distinction for his stellar play.

Other players who had solid performances included Mead's Joey Qwik (Eastern Washington), Walla Walla's Caleb Miller (Eastern Oregon), Wilson's Jimmy Hopkins (Eastern Washington), Evergreen's Jason Peters and Pouli Tupou (Dixie JC) and Mariner's Markee Broussard (College of the Redwoods),

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