In the first minute of the East-West rivalry game Friday night, the frenzied home crowd at Lapeer East watched their team make the game’s first big play. After the home Eagles recovered West’s opening-drive fumble, however, it was the Lapeer West (3-1) side that did most of the cheering the rest of the night. The Panthers led 20-7 at the half and cruised to a 30-7 victory over previously undefeated East (3-1).
West was led on both sides of the ball by junior Zeshawn Jones-Parker. The 6-3 wide receiver scored the game’s first touchdown with a tremendous catch in the left corner of the end zone near the end of the first quarter.
West’s quarterback, Hunter Sharrard, threw three touchdown passes in the game including a pair to Kyle Swailes. The defense did the rest for West, holding the Eagles scoreless in the second half and capping off the game with a defensive touchdown in the game’s final five minutes.
In the first half, East appeared poised to make a run when quarterback Gary Bulzan scored to cut the West lead to 13-7:
West, however, marched down the field in the final minute of the half to take a 13-point lead into the locker room. East never saw the end zone again.
(Editor’s note: Check out the combined East-West band’s great performance of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at halftime)