Mark Richardson scored two touchdowns and led the East over the West last night, 15-6, in the 14th annual D.C. Coaches All-Star football game at RFK Stadium before 5,005 fans.
The East took a 7-5-2 advantage in the series that features June graduates from the Interhigh League and Metro Conference.
Richardson, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back from Phelps, rushed 68 yards on 12 carries. He caught three passes for another 28 yards.
For Richardson, the game was more than a treat for family and friends. He had 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns last fall, yet was left off all-Met teams and lightly recruited.
"I felt I had something to prove," said Richardson, who has accepted a scholarship to play at Central State (Ohio). "I wanted to show all those people who thought I'm not good enough to play big-time college ball that I can run with the best of them. I wrote about 152 letters last year to schools all over the country but they weren't interested because they said I played for a small school."
The West controlled the game early. When all-Met linebacker Michael Womack (Dunbar) blocked an East punt, the West took over at the East 20. And Antonio Rice (McKinley) ran five yards on first down.
But Parade magazine all-America Demise Williams (Anacostia) intercepted a pass by Whitney Tutt (Roosevelt) at the five and ran 63 yards to the West 32.
"That probably was the turning point," said West Coach Jim Tillerson of Theodore Roosevelt. "It kind of broke our backs and killed our momentum."
Michael Lee (Coolidge) in turn intercepted a Jerome Lindsey (Anacostia) pass at the West five, but the West had to punt. Now Richardson went to work.
During a 72-yard, eight-play drive, Richardson ran once for 10 yards, caught a pass for 10, and on first down from the West 30, swept right, stiff-armed one tackler at the 20, ran through another at the 10 and ran into the end zone with 2:32 gone in the second period.
The West gained a 6-6 tie early in the third quarter when Antonio Rice (McKinley) culminated a 39-yard, 13-play drive with a one-yard plunge behind Dunbar center Helbert Morrison.
Rice, who accumulated 70 yards on 20 carries, ran eight times for 28 yards in the scoring drive.
The East retaliated with a 67-yard drive to move in front, 12-6, with 4:54 on the third-period clock. A 23-yard pass interference call produced a first down at the West 44. On first and goal from the six, Richardson swept right and ran through two tacklers to score.
Bernard Banks of H.D. Woodson kicked a 30-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter. West 0 0 6 0 6 East 0 6 6 3 15
E-Richardson 30 run (kick failed).
W-Rice 1 run (kick failed).
E-Richardson 6 run (kick failed).
E-FG Banks 30.