As time expired in the first half, East quarterback Desmond McGee scrambled in the backfield, looking for any receiver.
With the South defense closing in quickly, McGee spotted a wide open C.J. Graham cutting across the middle of the field. McGee delivered a line-drive pass to Graham, who reversed direction and then weaved his way to a 42-yard touchdown on the way to a 27-6 win at Heights as the Blue Aces improved to 3-1.
"I thought I was going to get tackled," Graham said with a smile. "I just gave them a good move and I got the score."
Graham finished with 142 yards of offense and two touchdowns. The score before halftime came after South had cut East’s lead to 14-6 with a 5-yard touchdown run from Fredrick Cato with just 1:08 left before the break.
"It was the momentum we needed," East coach Brian Byers said of Graham's touchdown catch. "We gave up that touchdown, and I think that was on the coaches. We did a couple things defensively, trying a couple things we probably shouldn't have done, and we ended up giving them that score we shouldn't have."
East senior running back Eric Martin, who did not have a carry in the first half, put the finishing touch on the Blue Aces' win with a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Martin led all rushers with 101 yards on six carries.
McGee finished 11-of-22 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
South (0-4, 0-4) 0 6 0 0 — 6
East (3-1, 3-1) 0 20 0 7 — 27
E—Brandon 24 pass from McGee (Galarza kick)
E—Graham 2 run (Galarza kick)
S—Cato 5 run (kick failed)
E—Graham 42 pass from McGee (pass failed)
E—Martin 49 run (Galarza kick)
Rushing—South, Cato 22-78, Villareal 15-40, Kelly 7-29, Payne 3-13, Webber 4-9, Rideaux 1-0, McCulloch 1-(-3). East, Martin 6-101, Graham 14-81, McGee 14-48, Sparr 3-8.
Passing—South, McCulloch 0-4-0-2. East, McGee 11-22-164-0.
Receiving—East, Brandon 4-53, McFann 4-47, Graham 2-61, Sparr 1-3. South, none.