West All-Stars 21,
East All-Stars 0
At the start of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association All-Star Game, West Coach Jason Lane bemoaned the lack of size of his offensive line. But Lane did not need to worry as the West All-Stars cruised to a 21-0 victory over the East All-Stars last night at Eastern High School.
Dunbar quarterback Stadford Brown connected frequently on deep pass routes to brothers Daniel and Marcell Stover as the West All-Stars shut out the East to reclaim bragging rights in the game sponsored by the D.C. Coaches Association.
Brown completed 4 of 10 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another en route to being named the West's most valuable offensive player.
"I haven't played since Thanksgiving Day [in which he led Dunbar to the Turkey Bowl championship], and I was a little out of shape. But my line played well on the both sides of the ball," Brown said.
Brown ignited the West when he scored on a 30-yard run, and Cardozo kicker Toribio Contreras added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Brown sustained the momentum when he connected on a 40-yard pass to Wilson wide receiver Salu Thomas. He followed the play with a nine-yard run to the East 1-yard line, and Dunbar running back Ashley Maynard scored for a 13-0 lead with 10:32 remaining in the second quarter.
The West struck again when Brown connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Stover, and then found Theodore Roosevelt running back Jonell Easton in the end zone on the conversion play for a 21-0 lead with 10:13 remaining in the third quarter.
"I'm used to Marcell getting open because we play on the same team," Brown said. "His brother [Daniel] was also getting open so I found him as well. I felt comfortable in the pocket because the line held the blitz and allowed me to throw."
The East All-Stars could not generate much offense because of penalties. The team amassed seven infractions for 105 yards, including three for unsportsmanslike play. H.D. Woodson quarterback Herbert Arrington was ejected from the game after committing one of them.
Trailing by 21 in the fourth quarter, the East All-Stars were forced into a pass-oriented offense during which Ford was intercepted twice. Dunbar strong safety Leroy Jackson came up with one, while Dunbar teammate and cornerback Jerron Joe corralled the other.
H.D. Woodson running back DaJuan Stover provided the only bright spot offensively for the East All-Stars as he rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries. Stover missed nearly the entire season for the Warriors for personal reasons. Yet, he displayed elements of his quickness that helped the Warriors win the Turkey Bowl in 2002.
"It was good to see him back out on the field, and you could see some of the skills that made him such a good runner," Lane said.