Taylor, Morgan Shine in All-Star Game

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Note: Pictures by Raleigh Hokie.

Two blue-chip Virginia Tech signees led the East squad to a relatively easy
27-7 victory in the 36th annual Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA)
All-Star game. Heralded quarterback Tyrod Taylor of Hampton HS concluded his
high school career on his home field with a stellar performance, completing 9 of
15 passes for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns in addition to 34 yards rushing on 3

Morgan from Varina HS may have been the most impressive player on the field with
two fumble recoveries, including one returned 33 yards for a touchdown, an
interception returned 31 yards, and a number of big hits. Taylor and Morgan were
respectively awarded offensive and defensive MVP awards for the East squad for
their outstanding performances.

The stellar performances by the future Hokies were witnessed by a number of
former Tech stars such as Darryl Tapp, Bryan Randall and Jimmy Williams, as well
as current Hokie Macho Harris. New Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin was
also in attendance, as well as some former UVA stars, Ahmad Brooks, Darryl
Blackstock and Marques Hagans. Hokie commitment Jake Johnson was in attendance,
sporting his Tech gear, and WR recruit D.J. Coles of Goochland was also at the

The West squad looked over-matched coming into this game with only one D-1
signee on the roster, Virginia Tech late signee WR Ervin Garner from Oakton HS,
as opposed to the eight D-1 signees on the East team. The East squad also had
nine 1-AA signees as opposed to the West’s seven 1-AA players.

The West team fought hard, but the talent on the East was too much too
overcome. The game became “chippy” after the East squad had several
personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties (140 yards in total
penalties), and the game was called with 1:40 left after the West showed their
frustration with a late hit out of bounds by DE Matt Johnson of Oakton HS on
Tyrod Taylor (only the second