Offensive fireworks or a grind-it-out defensive battle? The type of contest one can expect from tonight's Interhigh All-Star Game is easy to answer. Just don't expect the same response from two different participants.

"We have a very solid defense, so I wouldn't expect a high-scoring game," Wilson {and West team} tight end Melvin Tuten says.

"We're just letting them play, turning them loose. Don't be surprised if you see a lot of scoring," claimed Wilson Coach Horace Fleming, who will lead the West.

Said West kicker John Devall: "It's really hard for an offense to click after being together just a week. It'll be a defensive struggle."

Tonight's game at 7:30 will feature 75 of the Interhigh's finest, seeking two objectives: Have some fun, and, if still undecided concerning college plans, try to impress the scouts in the stands at Eastern High School.

"We don't even want them to look at the bench," Fleming said yesterday before a luncheon sponsored by the D.C. Coaches Association. "They should just keep on playing."

Among the first-team all-Interhigh players at Fleming's disposal: Tufts-bound Devall, Tuten (Syracuse), defensive backfield stalwarts Rahsaan Jackson and Shawn Sanderson, and Dunbar linebacker Ricardo Proctor. But Fleming touts a 5-foot-5 receiver, Tim Dates of Coolidge.

"Watch him," Fleming said.. "He'll play both ways {offense and defense} and will return kicks."

Fleming also has an enviable choice among quarterbacks, with Cardozo's Lorenzo Baylor (56 percent completion rate last season) and Coolidge's Makoncen Green.

But Anacostia Coach Willie Stewart's East squad is formidable, with all-Interhigh members in running back Antonio Young (six yards per carry for Anacostia), Eastern defensive back Darnell Summers and Ballou safety Emanuel Lawton.

Stewart can flaunt several offensive weapons besides son Troy, starting at tight end out of Carroll. Spingarn wide receiver Antoine Monroe hauled in 44 passes last season, narrowly missing the 1,000-yard mark (22.1 average), and Ballou halfback Joe Brownlee averaged nearly nine yards a carry.