GREENSBORO — The West All-Stars took advantage of East errors and went on to record a 19-7 victory over the East in the 63rd annual North Carolina Coaches Association all-star football game on Wednesday night at Jamieson Stadium.
The East turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions.
The West opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Shawn Williams of North Davidson, and then Shelby's Raymond Ussery capped a 50-yard march with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 10-0 after Williams kicked the point after.
Then the West surprised everyone with a successful onside kick and 10 seconds after Ussery's touchdown the West struck on a 50-yard bomb from Lincolnton’s Brandon Wilson to Salisbury’s John Knox II, who earned offensive MVP honors.
Wilson led the West team with 38 yards on seven carries, while Ussery added 37 rushing yards on eight attempts and Knox carried 14 times for 35 yards.
Richmond running back Walter Ellerbe scored the only East touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter to cut it to 16-7 after Dillon Maples of Pinecrest booted the PAT. Ellerbe led the East offensively with 68 yards on 13 carries.
Williams closed the scoring in the final period with a 38-yard field goal for the West.
West defensive lineman Javon Hargrave of North Rowan, who recorded five tackles, including three for loss, and recovered a fumble, earned defensive Most Valuable Player honors.
The West now leads the series 37-25-1.