After a storm front passed Friday night, Rogers Heritage’s Josh Qualls created quite a stationary front at the high school All-Star football game at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.
The game was delayed 58 minutes because of a thunderstorm. Qualls, the Most Valuable Player, then came out and completed 25 of 31 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown in leading the West to a 23-14 victory over the East. The completions bested by four the previous All-Star record. Qualls fell just 13 yards short of the record for passing yardage.
Qualls passed 2 yards to Deion Holliman of Camden Fairview for one touchdown. Brandon Gates of Heritage scored from 2 and 7 yards and the West add4d a safety with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
The East, held to 190 total yards on 60 plays, scored on an 11-yard pass from Salem’s Dillion Turner to Forrest City’s John Willeams after an interception. Turner, voted the outstanding back, passed 7 yards to Kristen Crite of Newport for another TD and ran for the two-point conversion.
The West, in control most of the game, still had to rely on a stuff by Watson Chapel’s Josh Harris on Turner at the 1 late in the game to clinch the victory.
Crite, who had 106 yards on three returns, was voted the outstanding special teams player. Devonte Curtis of Gurdon, playing for the West, was the outstanding defensive lineman. Jaylin Johnson of Forrest City, a member of the East, was the outstanding defensive back. The West’s Dasmine Johnson of Pine Bluff was the outstanding offensive lineman.
Conway Christian’s Chandler Ferrand and Caleb Dather played for the West.