ANDERSON — Before the 14th Annual East-West Football Classic kicked off, New Palestine head coach Kyle Ralph had a feeling his all-stars were in store for a big night.
“Our practices from Day 1 were incredibly physical. It really carried over tonight,” Ralph said. “I knew if we couldn’t run the ball tonight, the other team had to be incredible on defense.”
Ralph’s East team didn't just come out running – they were equally as prolific in the passing game. Behind 497 yards in total offense, the East proved a beast, defeating the West 56-17 at Collier Field in Anderson.
“It was a lot of fun. I wanted to go out with a win,” Mt. Vernon’s Alec Lohman said. “We were hitting hard at practice and knew we were fundamentally strong. It showed tonight.”
Lohman, a University of Indianapolis recruit, started for the East and rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries. He broke through for two touchdowns to pace a backfield committee that compiled 240 yards from scrimmage.