CONWAY -- Demilon Brown of Rivercrest threw two touchdown passes to lead the East All-Stars to a 34-28 victory over the West All-Stars on Saturday in the 64th annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association football game at Estes Stadium on the University of Central Arkansas campus.
Brown, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 136 yards and rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries, was named the game's MVP. He led Rivercrest to a Class 3A state championship as a junior in 2017 with a victory over Junction City.
The East leads the series 35-27-1. In addition, the East has won two of the past three All-Star games.
The West cut the lead to 34-28 with 2:36 left as Lincoln's Caleb Lloyd threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Bentonville's Harrison Campbell. But the East ran out the clock on its next possession.
It was 34-14 East at halftime as the East outgained the West 270-211 and forced 3 turnovers.
The East took a 7-0 lead with 10:16 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by Jordan Turner (Salem). The drive was set up by an interception from North Little Rock's Dwain Hunt.
With eight seconds left in the first quarter, the East made it 14-0 when Ren Hefley (Bryant) threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Berkario Black (Pine Bluff) to cap a 12-play, 71-yard drive.
The West went 75 yards in eight plays to pull within 14-7 on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd to Joe T. Robinson's Mekel Kentle.
The East extended its lead to 21-7 with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter on Helena-West Helena's Demarcus Sheard's 4-yard run, which finished a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
Kentle's 20-yard touchdown reception from Lloyd cut the East's lead to 21-14 with 2:28 left in the second quarter.
Brown threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to West Memphis' Devin Olloway and 8 yards to Marion's Joyrion Chase to stretch the East's lead to 34-14 with 17 seconds remaining before halftime.
Conway Christian quarterback Jacob Wood scored from 4 yards out with 1:20 left in the third quarter to pull the West within 34-21.
Five awards were presented to players from the game.
Kentle received the game's most outstanding back award. Nashville's Robert Dunham earned the most outstanding offensive lineman award. West Memphis' Mark Robinson picked up the most outstanding defensive lineman award. Conway's Malik Benton was the most outstanding defensive back. Arkadelphia's Gabe Goodman won the most outstanding special teams player award.
East receiver Joyrion Chase of Marion hauls in a catch in front of West defender Jordan White of Nashville during Saturday night’s state high school All-Star football game at Estes Stadium in Conway. The East won 34-28. See more photos at arkansasonline.com/galleries.
Sports on 06/23/2019
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