The East last night withstood an incessant drizzle, a highly touted West defense and a furious late West rally with two catalysts of its own in the 22nd Interhigh All-Star Game. Backfield mates Joe Dorsey and Antonio Young, both of Anacostia, keyed two of the East's scoring drives to lead their team to a 20-18 football victory over the West at Eastern High School Stadium.

The second of the two drives took up a good chunk of the final quarter. Dorsey -- Anacostia Coach Willie Stewart's starting quarterback -- hooked up with running back Young for a 39-yard completion, then scrambled for a 22-yard gain. End result: a three-yard Young touchdown run with 8:28 left for the winning score.

"This is a great ending to Antonio's high school career," Stewart said. "He's small in size {5 feet 6}, but he's big in heart."

Three minutes later, the West recovered a fumbled punt at the East 13; three plays later, Roosevelt's Earl Bacon ran into the end zone. The point after cut the East lead to two, the closest the West would come.

In the end, it was the East defense that stood tall. After being forced to punt with 1:19 remaining, Stewart's all-stars shut down the West.

"They hung in great at the end," Stewart said. "It got a little shaky, but I knew they'd come through."

The much-ballyhooed West defense was confronted by a strong passing game at the outset. Left-handed Ballou quarterback Roy Holbrook started for the East, completing two of his first three passes for 35 yards, then scrambling 17 more to put his team in early scoring position.

With the ball on the West 16, Holbrook wasted no more time, rolling to his left on the next play and finding an open Derrick Neal (Carroll) in the end zone. The two-point conversion provided the East with an 8-0 lead two minutes into the game.

With 12:30 remaining in the first half, the West's Melvin Tuten launched a booming punt that nestled comfortably in a mud puddle, leaving the East offense on its 5-yard line. Stewart inserted Dorsey, seeking a spark.

The spark ended up a full-fledged offensive, as Dorsey began an 11-play touchdown drive. The versatile Dorsey overcame a third-and-nine hole with a 21-yard pass to Young. He also scrambled for a 16-yard gain to keep the drive going.

But Dorsey saved the best for last. One play after being sacked by Coolidge's Charles Bears, he stood on the West 31 and heaved the long pass toward a well-covered Antoine Monroe (Spingarn) on fourth and 16. Monroe leapt high above two defenders to make it 14-0, East.

Whenever the West generated some offense, sloppiness and failure to capitalize on steady drives cost them. For example: Coolidge's Odell Neal outsprinted the entire East defense 66 yards to the end zone, his teammates shrieking in delight, then glaring in anger as a clipping penalty nullified the score. Another: quarterback Lorenzo Baylor (Cardozo) glided away from trouble, reaching open field unscathed, but he fumbled the ball away before East defenders could reach him.

An East defensive miscue -- a pass interference penalty called with the clock reading 0:02 -- enabled Wilson's John Devall to convert a 30-yard field goal as time expired at the end of the second quarter.

Then opportunity knocked for the West defense, which forced H.D. Woodson's Michael Anderson to fumble with 3:25 remaining in the third quarter. Baylor, playing cornerback, claimed the loose ball and ran 53 yards untouched into the end zone. He then took care of the two-point conversion himself, cutting the East advantage to 14-11.