Ohio RB leads East to win in high school all-star game

Updated: January 7, 2006, 9:00 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Chris Wells ran for three touchdowns and earned MVP honors in leading the East past the West 27-16 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school all-star game Saturday.

Wells, who has orally committed to Ohio State, scored twice on 5-yard runs and once from 2 yards out. He led all players with 67 yards on 13 carries.

"I think I can be a cutback runner," said Wells, a senior at Akron's Garfield High School in Ohio. "But I think I can do a lot of things. Just like today, you saw I can be a power runner."

Wells, who rushed for 1,930 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, had the first score of the game on his 2-yarder in the first quarter.

He provided the go-ahead score 5:31 into the second half when, with the score 7-7, he got into the end zone on a 5-yard run over the left side.

The score was set up by two passes from St. Augustine, Fla., quarterback Tim Tebow, who has orally committed to North Carolina. He connected on a 56-yard pass with Vidal Hazelton and a 19-yarder to Jarrell Miller during the drive.

The West made it 7-7 on Jevan Snead's 21-yard touchdown pass to fellow Texan Ken Beasley in the second quarter. Snead, who threw two touchdown passes and is orally committed to the national champion Texas Longhorns, lofted the pass to a corner of the end zone, where Beasley made the grab.

After Wells' scoring run in the third quarter broke the tie, the West cut the score to 13-10 on Kai Forbath's 37-yard field goal with 8:21 to go in the third quarter. That was set up by Chris Caflisch's 72-yard kickoff return.

But the West went up by 17 points when Forbath's fourth-quarter field-goal try was blocked by Brandon Graham and returned 65 yards by Raeshon McNeil of Mocksville, N.C.


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