By Tim Peterson
(Norwalk) – Cannon Plooster booted a 37-yard field goal with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter to give the East a 10-7 win over the West in the 605 All-Star Game at Cerritos College Friday night.
The West had two chances to get even but Chase Keough fumbled in the first possession after Plooster’s kick and his last pass sailed out of the end zone with no time remaining and the East Celebration began. The West turned the ball over three times, two of them were first half interceptions by Jaydon Logan (Artesia) who took home MVP honors for his efforts.
Both offenses struggled throughout the contest. Logan intercepted Michael LoVett III on the West’s third possession of the game. Later in the half he picked off El Rancho QB Andrew Perea. The West’s only score came on a big play when Keough connected with Lynwood’s Dante Spotville, who got behind the East secondary, for a 71-yard touchdown to tie the score at seven with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
The West had a shot to take the lead late in the fourth when they moved the ball down to the East six- yard line. But unfortunately for West HC Jack Williams, their starting kicker didn’t show up. Richard Cuellar (El Rancho) was pressed into action and missed a 23 yard field goal.
The East immediately answered by moving down to the West 20 to set up Plooster. The 37-yarder was merely a chip shot for the Mayfair kicker who has arguably the best leg in the valley.
The East scored first with 5:37 left in the first quarter when Gavin Pruett (Capistrano Valley) hit Kyle Harlin (Villa Park) for a 21 yard score. The East had one turnover- an interception thrown by Enrique Pacheco.
Pacheco from La Serna and La Mirada’s Christian Lara, who also played quarterback for the East, had trouble establishing a rhythm. The passing game wasn’t much of a factor for the West either. Lavell Thompson had some big runs, especially late in the game, and finished with 71 yards on seven carries.
This was the second 605 win in three years for East/Buena Park Head Coach Anthony White.
W 7 0 0 0 7
E 7 0 0 3 10