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MOUNT PLEASANT — It’s understandable if fans of Central Michigan’s football program were occupied with summer vacation plans on Saturday and couldn’t be at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star game that CMU hosted at Kelly-Shorts Stadium.

But those who follow the Chippewas should be happy to know that on the same campus where he’ll begin his college career shortly, recent Farmington graduate Jason Wilson gave a nice preview of what CMU fans could be in store for this fall and beyond.

A starting wide receiver for the East squad, the CMU-bound Wilson caught touchdown passes of 61 and 68 yards to help lead the East to a 30-13 win over the West in the 31st annual game. After the game, Wilson said he was driving back home Saturday night, but planned to come back to Mt. Pleasant on Sunday so he can start offseason workouts with the Chippewas and begin taking summer classes on Monday.

“It was nice being on my home field and we won the game,” Wilson said. “That was the most important thing. We won the game and I had fun up here this week. I just have to keep working hard when I get up here and I hope to be making plays again.”

Both of Wilson’s touchdown receptions were thrown by Detroit Cass Tech’s Keith Moore.

The first one came with 2:50 left in the first quarter when Wilson easily beat the cornerback defending him down the sideline, hauled in a perfect spiral from Moore and outraced the defense to the goal line for a 61-yard pass that gave the East a 6-0 lead after a failed extra point.

The scoring strike came immediately after the West squad jumped offsides on a fourth-and-3 while the East was trying to punt, giving the East a first down.

Moore’s scoring pass to Wilson capped off a 95-yard drive after the East recovered a West fumble on the 5-yard line of the East.

The scoring drive lasted 11 plays and took 5:04 off of the clock. After the West took a 7-6 lead with 5:39 remaining in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mack Sovereign (Traverse City Central) to Luke Capen (Ithaca), Moore and Wilson struck again on a 68-yard touchdown pass.

Beating his defender again on a fly pattern, Wilson saw Moore hit him again in stride along the sideline, and Wilson caught the pass and cruised into the end zone from there to make it 13-7 East with 4:49 left in the first half.

Moore said he started developing a special bond with Wilson as soon as practice for the game began this past Monday.

“I remember the first day at practice, I didn’t know the receivers or their speed, so a pass was underthrown,” Moore said. “After that, every time we threw the ball downfield there was a connection.”

The East then took a 16-7 lead on the last play of the first half when Aaron Berthet (Utica Ford II) drilled a 27-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the East took a 23-7 lead on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Ray Tillman (Auburn Hills Avondale).

Moore scrambled to the sideline and launched a pass to Tillman, who hauled in the pass and sprinted to the end zone.

The West cut the lead to 23-13 with 11:46 remaining in the game on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Sovereign to Mike Weeks (Cadillac), but that was as close as the West would get.

A 10-yard touchdown run by East running back Rabeah Beydoun (Dearborn Fordson) with 1:20 left capped off the scoring.

Wilson finished with three catches for 136 yards.

Defensively, Nate Theaker (Lakeland) and Justin D’Agostino (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) each finished with four tackles.

Oakland County participants in the game were Wilson, Tillman, Theaker, D’Agostino, Tommy Vento of Farmington Hills Harrison, Loran Jaddou of Birmingham Brother Rice, Terrell Porter of Berkley, Randle Brewer of Walled Lake Western, Blake McGhee of Lake Orion, Bryan Bell of Walled Lake Central, Spencer Cairo of Rochester Adams and Cody Gorman of Clawson.

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Box score

EAST 30, WEST 13

E 6 10 7 7 — 30

W 0 7 0 6 — 13

E — Jason Wilson 61 pass from Keith Moore (kick failed)

W — Luke Capen 21 pass from Mack Sovereign (Mitch Bredberg kick)

E — Wilson 68 pass from Moore (Aaron Berthet kick)

E — Berthet 28 fg

E — Ray Tillman 55 pass from Moore (Berthet kick)

W — Mike Weeks 31 pass from Sovereign (run failed)

E — Rabeah Beydoun 10 run (Berthet kick)

Last Updated: 6/28/2011 12:18:43 PM EST

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