LYNCHBURG, VA., JULY 16 -- Shon Grantz and Adam Beck of Mount Vernon High School each recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Mike Hopkins of Marshall was named the West team's most valuable player as the West defeated the East, 19-13, tonight in the 16th annual Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star football game at Lynchburg City Stadium.
About 70 graduated high school seniors closed out their careers before 6,400 spectators. The game culminated a week of clinics and practices for the athletes and their coaches.
Following a scoreless first half, the West broke open the game with 19 third-quarter points.
The West took the second-half kickoff and went on a 16-play, 81-yard drive that culminated with Terry Smith of Abingdon throwing a 16-yard scoring pass to Jesse White of Buckingham. The extra-point kick failed.
With less than 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, two Northern Region rivals teamed up for a West touchdown.
The East's Clifton Armstead tried to turn the corner on an end run, but fumbled when he was hit by Hopkins. Grantz picked up the loose ball and ran 35 yards down the left sideline for the score.
Beck joined his Mount Vernon teammate in the end zone only 15 seconds later. Following the kickoff, the East had a first down on its own 18. Quarterback Toby Gee was stripped of the ball and Beck and a group of players pushed the ball into the end zone in an attempt to recover. Beck ended up with the ball and a touchdown.
"They ran to my side so I came up to make the play," said Beck. "The ball came loose and I got it outside the end zone but I lost it again. Finally, I was able to pick it up for the touchdown."
Two fourth-quarter scores by the East, including a 69-yard dash by Armstead, closed the gap to 19-13 with more than three minutes left in the game. But Chantilly's Terry Warren, who alternated at quarterback, helped lead a game-ending drive.