It was tough sledding for the East All-Stars in the West’s 52-21 rout of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association football game.
After one quarter, it looked to be a competitive all-star game, but the West scored a pair of touchdowns in the second, moving ahead 31-14 by halftime.
The West was just three points ahead of the East, until the 5:44 mark in the second quarter, where Arakadelphia’s Dillon Scott returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
Lakeside’s Dupree Swanson added a 25-yard run with 46 seconds left in the half, giving the West a 31-14 lead.
The East started the second half, scoring on a 56-yard fumble recovery by Pine Bluff’s Isiah Singleton, bringing the score to 31-21 and giving the East a sign of life with 11:24 left in the third quarter.
However, the West wasn’t about to let the East back in the game, scoring three unanswered touchdowns.
Big plays made up a majority of the scores throughout the game as Prescott’s Thomas Muldorw hit Nashville’s TyAnthony Pettway for a 63-yard pass 28 seconds into the game, which left a defender far behind Pettway.
Searcy’s Mason Schuker and West Helena’s Keyon Burrell answered with a 57-yard touchdown pass two plays later.
The West got tricky when Russellville wide receiver Ryan Talley threw an 18-yard touchdown pass on a reverse to Malvern quarterback Demias Jimmerson.
On their next drive, the West was looking to add to the lead, but Jimmerson was picked off in the end zone by McGehee’s Deona Haynes for a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
This score tied the game at 14.
Springdale’s Jesus Borrosa gave the West the lead, a lead they would never surrender, on a 47-yard field goal that barely cleared the uprights, making the score 17-14.
The scoring outburst began to ensue, with the West outscoring the East 35-7 for the remainder of the game.
After Singleton’s fumble recovery touchdown, Prescott’s Thomas Muldrew ran 33 yards for a touchdown, putting the West up by 17 once again.
Swanson would add another touchdown from one yard out with 8:24 left in the game before Muldrew broke a 90-yard run for the game’s final touchdown with 6:38 left in the game.
The West out-rushed the East 325-64, while outpassing the East 204 yards to 95.
The West put up 529 yards of total offense, while the East gained 159.
Turnovers were a big factor in the outcome of the game, with the East turning the ball over six times, while the West turned the ball over three times.
A large part of the turnovers came at the hand of Schucker’s hand, throwing four interceptions, while falling down on one interception.
He finished 6-for-20 with 95 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions. He was sacked once.
In contrast, Jimmerson finished 9-for-16 for 106 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacked once.
Muldrew ran for 191 yards on 11 carries. He scored two touchdowns.
Faulkner County athletes also had trouble getting going against the West.
Conway running back Michael George, who finished the 2017 season as the state’s No. 3 rusher, finished with just 31 yards on seven carries.
Conway safety Will Kennedy did better, tying for second on the team in total tackles, but Conway defensive lineman Zach Freedle failed to record a tackle.