ANDERSON, Ind. —
“I wasn’t really expecting to score cause I wasn’t expecting to get the ball much, but then it was open on the outside,” Furrow said. “It was exhilarating to get the first points up on the board and then kick the extra point.”
Both teams then traded passing touchdowns to end the half, with the West going into the locker room holding a 21-14 lead.
After both teams came up short on their next possession and were forced to punt, the West’s running game again seemed unstoppable. James Davis, from Western High School, carried the load as the West drove the ball down the field with little answer from the East.
When given the opportunity just seven yards short of the goal line, Boyd again cleaned up for his second touchdown of the evening. Engle kicked it through for the extra point to give the West its second 14-point lead of the game at 28-14.
But the East hadn’t given up quite yet. Furrow caught a few quick passes, each for four yards midway through the fourth quarter, and then Richmond’s Ben Parrish broke through for a 54-yard run to pull the East within just a single score, 28-21, as Furrow added the extra point.
With the ball back and one long drive from running the clock out, the West couldn’t come through, giving the East another opportunity. They quickly drove it back down and scored on a 10-yard pass from Lincoln’s Gary Renforth to New Castle’s Ben Thompson, and Parrish ran around the right end for the two-point conversion and a one-point East lead.
The West would not be outdone.
With just 54 seconds remaining, down one, a wide-open Joshua Sears caught a 34-yard pass down the left side to put the West ahead for good.