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 It appeared early in the 14th edition of this all-star game that it would be another resounding West victory. With 8:39 to play in the first half, the West looked secure with a 21-3 lead. But the East chipped away gradually. When Rustin’s C.J. Stienmetz intercepted Bishop Shanahan Ryan Egolf’s pass with 48 seconds to play in the game, the East reveled in its thrilling 22-21 win, only its fifth victory in the series.

            Henderson’s Kyle Morton spotted the East a 3-0 lead on its first series with a 20-yard field goal.

            Then, the roof caved in. And quickly. Coatesville’s Marquis Weathington intercepted a pass by Rustin’s Mike DeLancy and cruised 25 yards for a touchdown at the 2:01 mark of the first quarter. DeLancy’s evening didn’t get any better on the next series when his fumble was pounced upon by Coatesville’s Ryan Valentino at the East 30. Three plays later, Egolf tossed a five-yard play action pass to Avon Grove’s Toby Fiala for a touchdown. Just over three minutes later, another West TD pass made it 21-3.

            DeLancy rallied with a 53-yard touchdown pass to West Chester East’s Pat Whalen with 3:53 to go in the half.

            The momentum switch was flicked on the second play of the third quarter. Rustin’s Marcus Maniqualt recovered Coatesville’s Dae-Hon Cheung’s fumble at the West 7. Next play, Rustin’s Connor Burke plowed over left guard for the score.

            Next possession, the East covered 75 yards in 16 plays, as Rustin’s Cordario Taylor swept left end from nine yards out on the last play of the third quarter. Morton’s extra point gave the East the lead it had not held since Morton’s field goal.

            The East was driving again until a bad handoff was recovered by Downingtown East’s Dillan Martin at the West 20

 In the second half, the East defense held the West to just 47 total yards.

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