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Fourth-quarter scores earn East first All-Star win

© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002

TAMPA -- Durant running back Trae Williams scored on a 24-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter and Temple Heights' Nathan Lewis found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge in the final minute to propel the East to a 14-3 victory over the West on Saturday in the Hillsborough County High School All-Star Game.

It was the first victory by the East in three tries in the annual game played at Raymond James Stadium.

In the inaugural game, Hillsborough's all-stars defeated Polk County's 30-12.

"We really wanted to be the first East team to win," said Williams, who was selected as the East's most valuable player on offense after rushing for 48 yards on eight carries.

"My offensive line created a big hole for me and I just ran into the end zone."

The East's winning 40-yard, four-play drive was kept alive with a 12-yard run on third down by East Bay quarterback J.B. Garris.

Lewis' score came with 15 seconds remaining after the West turned the ball over on downs at its 2.

A 31-yard field goal by Hillsborough's Andrew Colborne was the lone score for the first three quarters as both defenses dominated.

Led by defensive MVP Josh Johnson of East Bay, the East limited the West to 155 yards, including 48 rushing on 23 attempts. The East managed 189 yards.

For the West, Jesuit quarterback Anthony Severino and Robinson lineman Nello Faulk were chosen as the offensive and defensive MVPs.

"We threatened a couple of times, but finally was able to punch in that first touchdown," East coach Joe Severino said. "That was the difference."

Aided by a running game that netted 151 yards on 37 attempts, the East moved the ball into West territory on all five second-half series.

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