By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
EWING – The West team has continued its recent dominance in the Sunshine Football Classic at Lions Stadium at The College of New Jersey. This is their third straight win in the 21-year history of the event.
The West team won with a 24-7 score.
The first drive of the game was a 16-play, 80-yard drive that took up nearly all of the first quarter. In fact, it took up 9:10 of the block with 11 rushes and five passes.
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The West team has outscored the East squad 76-13 during their three-game win streak. The East team has not won since a 14-7 game in 2014.
A reason for the West’s dominance is their defense – and they played stellar defense on Thursday night. They had four interceptions in the game.
They took the lead when Mitchell Finnegan scored on a four-yard run for the early lead. Rory D’Alesandro made it 10-0 with a 27-yard field goal before halftime.
Following the break in the action, Edamiyon Doggett, the game’s MVP, hit Tanner Adamczyk for a 21-yard touchdown. This game the West team a 17-0 lead.
Despite being down, the East had to use a razzle-dazzle trick play to get on the board. Scott Cochrane, who lined up as a wide receiver and listed as a linebacker in the game program, got the ball from the running back, then threw the ball.
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He hit Taylor Twamley for a 29-yard touchdown. The lead fell to 17-7, but because this was an All-Star game, immediately after the extra point, the East team received another opportunity to score, as they received the next kickoff.
This only happens in All-Star games when teams trail by 10 or more games. However, the East struggled all night offensively.
Miles Fye-Moore ended their chances with the fourth interception of the game. Late in the contest, Thomeir Richardson scored a 14-yard rushing touchdown.
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