The evening started with fierce thunderstorms, leaving City Stadium an absolute mess before tonight's Virginia East-West high school football all-star game. Then things really got bad.
Especially for the West squad, as the East won, 16-6.
The West failed to get a first down until midway through the fourth quarter. The East turned the ball over four times in the first half. A great touchdown catch by Craig Overton of Hampton near the end of the first half and a steady rushing performance by Donnie Morris (120 yards, including an eight-yard fourth-quarter touchdown) of Patrick Henry in Ashland were enough for the East to prevail, before 6,500.
Franklin Sanders, a West linebacker from T.C. Williams, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and caused another fumble -- all in the first half. His team couldn't capitalize. "We couldn't do it all," Sanders said of the West's defense.
With 49 seconds left in the first half, the East already ahead, 2-0, after defensive tackle Al Chamblee of Green Run tackled West quarterback Robert Lineburg of Radford in the end zone, Scott Rice of Tabb hit Lineburg as he threw a pass. The fluttering ball was intercepted by Ed Tomlin of Denbigh at the West 37.
On the first play, East quarterback David Darden of Newport News Warwick rolled left and threw off-balance into the end zone. West defender Matt Dysart of Appalachia had his arms bent for the catch, but Overton stole it away.
It was 16-0 before Lineburg passed 12 yards to Andy McBride with 4:05 left for the West score.