East beats West 21-7 in Times-Reporter All-Star Game


The East’s Michael Bolon (Indian Valley) catches a TD pass between two defenders during his team’s 21-7 win.

East head coach Jimm Morris of Sandy Valley used a simplified version of his spread offense to outdistance the West 332-128 yards in total offense en route to a 21-7 win in the 30th annual Times-Reporter Charities Football Game on Friday. East offensive MVP Derek Corey (Claymont) rushed for 64 yards and two TDs on seven attempts.

The East squad claimed a 21-7 victory over the West in the 30th annual Times-Reporter Charities All-Star Football Game on Friday at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in New Philadelphia.

East head coach Jimm Morris of Sandy Valley used a simplified version of his spread offense to outdistance the West 332-128 in total offense. The East quarterbacks took advantage of the 4 and 5 wide out sets to rack up 195 yards through the air. They also ground out 137 rushing yards led by East offensive MVP Derek Corey (Claymont), who rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns on seven attempts from the single back formation.

The story of the night was the East defense as they held the West offense to 128 total yards, allowing just 67 yards rushing and 61 yards passing.

Morris of Sandy Valley was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I have never coached college ball but I got a sense of what it is like coaching these kids,” Morris said. “We had talent at every position, as did the West, but our defense really stepped it up and that was the difference in the game.”

The East scored first as Corey ran it in from 13 yards out for a touchdown with 3:49 remaining in the first quarter. New Philadelphia’s Ben Behrendt added the extra point to make it 7-0.

Morris called a timeout with just three seconds remaining in the first half and Carrollton quarterback Matt Bryan found Indian Valley’s Michael Bolon with a 40-yard Hail Mary pass between two West defenders in the end zone for the East squad’s second score. Behrendt’s kick gave the East a two-touchdown lead at the intermission.

The East rolled up a 221-34 offensive advantage in the first half.

West coach Jason Wallick rallied his squad for the third quarter. The West defense held their opponents to 23 yards and the offense put up their first points with 1:57 left in the frame.

Strasburg’s Ricky Clark hit Coshocton’s Alex Eikenberry with a 32-yard touchdown strike to light up the West side of the scoreboard. Ridgewood’s Holden Border kicked the extra point narrowing the gap to 14-7.

The East sealed the win when Corey took a handoff and scrambled 34-yards down the right side for his second score. Behrendt booted the extra-point to make it 21-7.

The win snapped a three-game West winning streak and was just the East’s second win in 10 games. The East leads the series 16-14.

Carrollton’s Craig Kampfer was named the East’s MVP on defense. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kampfer had an interception, assisted on a pass break-up in the fourth quarter, recorded a solo tackle and was in on six others. Carrollton’s Brandon Lucas was the East’s top receiver with four catches for 96 yards.

Ridgewood’s Josh McCormick earned the offensive MVP nod for the West after carrying the ball 15 times for 60 yards. Dover’s Ryan Porter was named defensive MVP for the West after leading the way with four solo tackles and four assisted stops.

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