It is not the usual procedure in the D.C. Coaches All-Star football game, but East Coach Tom Hargrove and West Coach Sam Taylor are predicting it anyway: points will be scored.
"Generally these things have been low-scoring. I know last year was a 6-6 tie. But this year you're going to see a change," said Taylor of the game, to be held tonight at 8 o'clock at RFK Stadium. Officials of the game expect a crowd of 5,000 to 8,000.
"We'll get our share," countered Hargrove.
This is the 13th year of this game for graduated high school football players, most of whom still are uncertain where, or if, they will attend college. Only 25 of the 88 players know what college field they will play on.
For the other 63, this will be one last chance to impress a college recruiter or two.
"We like to think in terms of this being a scholarship game. This is a sort of showcase for the players," says Hargrove.
The East offense will be led by quarterback James Woody, who was a key figure for Hargrove's Ballou team that went 9-2 last fall. "We won the East Division and he got us there," Hargrove said. "We'll throw. It won't be two yards and a cloud of dust for us."
Desmar Becton, the Eastern running back who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, is in the backfield along with fullback Mike Thompson (Ballou).
"He (Becton) is the all-American kid," said Hargrove. "He's got quick feet and he's a great blocker. He is a tremendous runner with a tremendous attitude."
Taylor has similar confidence in his offense. "We have got a great corps of running backs, a great corps of receivers and a great line," he said.
All-Interhigh quarterback Brian Sloan of McKinley, who is headed for Howard, and all-Met fullback Dwight Ausbrook (St. John's) will lead the West offense.
Among the receivers for the West are Chris Flegler (Cardozo) and Robert Phillips (Dunbar), both all-Interhigh, and all-Met Robert Graham of McKinley.
Taylor, whose Coolidge team defeated Ballou, 18-8, for the Interhigh championship last fall, has three all-Interhigh players on the defensive line: Clarence Sims and Robert Pike, both of whom played for Taylor, and Roosevelt's Joey Saunder.
The West also has all-Mets Arthur Ashe (McKinley) and Rodney Wright (Dunbar) in the secondary.
The record for the previous 12 games is 5-5-2 and Hargrove thinks tonight's game might be as even.
"They are bigger than us, but we are quicker," he said. "It could be interesting."