Shutout and Shutdown

Halftime wasn't the only moment the audience witnessed fireworks during the 57th Annual East-West All-Star Football Game. A kick return, a quarterback scramble and a fumble recovery entertained spectators and gave West a 40-0 – one point shy of tying the record for most points scored by one team.

The West defense led by Andrew Goodson (11 tackles) of Maiden and DaQuan Thomas (8 tackles) of Asheville Roberson, held the East squad to only 82 offensive yards on 53 plays (1.5 average).

The defensive dominance was shared by both teams until Polk County's Daniel McEntyre opened the game up with a 62-yard punt return where he made two defenders look foolish one his way to the end zone.

"I pretty much didn't see anything really," said McEntyre. "I just tried to make a play, basically. I just knew it was crush time when it came to the kicker."

Down 16-0 following a safety and a rushing touchdown, the East coaching staff hoped to duck out of the first half and regroup. However, on the last play of the half Burlington Cumming's Bo Williamson turned a broken down passing play into a 57-yard touchdown run to end the half with a 23-point lead.

The East's bad fortune continued on the first drive of the second half. After converting a first down, Winston-Salem Reynolds's Anthony Levin sacked Greenville Conley's Ryan McManus, stripped the ball, recovered the fumble and ran 18 yards for a touchdown.

McEntyre, who also added two pass deflections, won Most Valuable Player Award. Currently McEntyre is attending Blue Ridge Community College and playing baseball, but hopes his play in the game will grab the attention of college coaching staffs in attendance.


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