GREENSBORO— The East and West battled to a 10-10 deadlock in the North Carolina Coaches Association football all-star game at Jamieson Stadium.
The West, which trailed 10-0 with five minutes to go, rallied to put together a 63-yard march in the final minute of the contest to get to the East 18 with four seconds to go, where West kicker Luke Hayek of Shelby booted a 35-yard field goal to knot the score. It was the first tie in the East-West gridiron series in 40 years and only second in the history of the game.
Kenneth Purvis of Central Cabarrus had scored the West touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter and Hayak had booted the point after.
The East scored all of its points in a burst, in three plays spanning just 11 seconds of the second quarter.
Nick Christiansen of Clayton kicked a 31-yard field goal with 7:14 to go in the second quarter to put the East in front 3-0. Then Christiansen’s kickoff was fumbled by the West and recovered at the 4-yard line by the East. One play later, Clayton’s Diquon Cox ran it in and Christiansen’s extra point made it 10-0.
Purvis led the West rushing attack with 70 yards in 10 carries. Diquan Cox of Richmond picked up 82 yards in 15 attempts to lead the East. Logan Bradley of Gastonia Forestview completed seven of 14 passes for 96 yards for the West team.