By Tim Peterson
(Whittier) – The East pulled away with two third quarter touchdowns and went on to beat the West 24-3 Saturday night in the 605 All-Star Classic at Dick Torres Stadium at Pioneer High.
The East led 10-3 at half before a three-yard touchdown run by Shaun Colamonico of Edison to cap a 60-yard drive with 3:38 left in the third made it 17-3. On the next possession Robert Corner III of Buena Park intercepted John Buska and the East were business again at the West 29. Three plays later La Habra’s Pervis Henderson hauled in a 35-yard strike from Buena Park’s James Rafkin and just like that it was 24-3 East at the end of three.
The West had its chances. In the fourth quarter the West recovered a fumble and took over at the East 13-yard line. But despite an offsides penalty on the East, the West still failed to cash in and was stopped on fourth down.
After a scoreless first quarter, the East got on the board first early in the second quarter on a 46-yard field goal by Harrison Avila of Laguna Hills. The West tied it three minutes later on a 47-yard boot by Clay D’Amico of Valley Christian. D’Amico’s kick sailed through with plenty of room to spare.
The East took the lead for good with just over three minutes left in the first half when Westminster’s Josh Avila (no relation) scored on a 15-yard TD scamper. Avila’s touchdown came on the first play after a shanked punt set up the East at the West 15.
The East didn’t put up big offensive numbers as Rafkin and La Mirada’s Tristan Meyer combined to throw for 102 yards. The East had 151 yards on the ground.
St. Anthony’s John Buska V threw for 95 yards and rushed for 55 for the West, but he was hurt by two picks.
It was the 50th anniversary of the 605 All-Star Classic.