The East couldn’t handle the offense of the West team during the Times Reporter All-Star game held July 24 at Crater Stadium in Dover.
The game is played to raise funds for the Rainbow Connection. Those selected to play in the annual contest are standout football players from 19 area schools They put on a show in front of more than 4,000 energetic, screaming football fans.
Carrollton standouts Tyler Dodd and Trenton Leggett were chosen to participate in the contest as member of the East squad as running back and lineman respectively.
The 38th annual all-star game was decided early when the West came out strong and never let up, posting a 26-6 victory over the East squad.
The East squad’s defense couldn’t stop the aerial attack of their opponents in the first half. The West team marched down the field to open the game, but tried to force a pass that led to an interception by the East team’s Keaton Herron from Claymont. On the next offensive play, Dodd fumbled the ball which was recovered by a West team player. They were able to capitalize on the mistake by scoring a touchdown but missed the extra point attempt to take a 6-0 lead.
During the East team’s next possession, the ball was stripped away from Dodd as he was falling to the ground. The West scored off the turnover, but a two-point conversion failed and they led 12-0.
The West team added another score to lead 19-6 lead at halftime.
The lone score for the East squad came on an eight-yard in the second quarter. The extra point attempt failed.
The West added another score on the first possession of the second half to clost out the scoring.
For the East, Jake Davis and Keaton Herron were named MVP and for the West, Tucker Boreman and Cory Contini were both named MVP.
The other area participants included: Michael Stojanovich, Connoton Valley; Jalen Graves, Malvern; Chris Schuler and Andrew Griffin, Sandy Valley.
Coach Zach Gardner of Sandy Valley coached the East Squad.
The charity game has raised over $325,000 for charity causes in the area since its inception. All proceeds from ticket sales, program sales and concession stand go to the Rainbow Connection, a foundation that serves the needs of disadvantaged and disabled residents of Tuscarawas County