Dwayne Pugh ran 66 yeards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and four minutes later Desmar Becton ran 15 yards for another to lead the East to a 20-19 victory over the West in the 13th annual D.C. Coaches All-Star Game last night at RFK Stadium before an estimated crowd of 7,000.
H.D. Woodson's Pugh, named the most valuable player, scored with 13:57 left. Quarterback James Woody (Ballou) then ran two yards for a two-point conversion to bring the East to within 19-14.
Eastern High's Becton, who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, scored his second touchdown of the game with 10:09 remaining. It proved to be the game-winner.
The East defense, which allowed the West a measly 59 total yards in the first half, made one final stand to seal the win.
With quarterbacks Brian Sloan (McKinley) and Keene Theopolaus (Cardozo) alternating, the West drive 51 yards to the East 15-yard line with 2:05 to play. But the East held, pushing the West back to the 24. The West tried frantically to set up a possible game-winning field goal, but time expired.
After the first half ended in a 6-6 tie, a situation the West must have been pleased with since it had been outgained, 191-59, in total yardage, the West team coached by Sam Taylor (Coolidge) came to life in the third quarter.
Sloan completed two touchdown passes to Dunbar's Robert Phillips, the first an 18-yarder with 9:20 left in the quarter and the second a 30-yarder with 4:40 left. The West hit its first extra point, but missed the second. The miss would prove costly.
The East took a 6-0 lead when Becton ran 13 yards with 10:05 left in the first quarter. The West retaliated when Arthur Ashe, the super safety from McKinley, returned a missed field goal 95 yards for a touchdown.