2023 Recap By DOUG DONNELLY 

SOUTHFIELD – The All-Stars came up big in an all-star moment. 

The West pulled in front, then pulled away with two touchdowns in the final four minutes Saturday to beat the East 26-14 and win the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Classic. 

“Great game, great time,” said MVP Mac Vandenhout. 

Vandenhout, from Rockford, led the West on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter, finishing it off with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone to put the West up 19-14 with 3:35 remaining in the game.   

Paschal Jolman (Fruitport) added a 29-yard touchdown run just over a minute later to seal the game for the West. 

The West took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with Tim Kloska (Grand Rapids West Catholic) scoring on a two-yard run. The West took that lead into halftime as neither team could get the offense rolling the rest of the first half. 

The East came out in the third quarter and marched down the field, led by quarterback Micale McClure (Detroit Edison). He found Adam Kidder (Madison Heights Bishop Foley) on a 17-yard scoring strike then hit Deonte Pippen Jr. (West Bloomfield) for the two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead. 

The East went up 14-7 when Dominic Pesci (Farmington) and Pippen hooked up on a 57-yard touchdown. 

The West came back, however, with a touchdown drive of its own in the fourth quarter. Kloska, who scored 85 touchdowns in his career at West Catholic and is headed to Army to play college football, grabbed a 15-yard touchdown pass from Vandenhout to put the West in front 14-13. The two teams were evenly matched on the stat sheet. 

The West had 16 first downs and rushed for 131 yards and had 194 yards passing. The East had 14 first downs, 106 yards rushing and 199 yards through the air. Both teams punted four times and both teams completed four third down conversions and two fourth down conversion attempts.  

Vandenhout rushed for 68 yards and passed for 183. Kloska and Jolman each had 29 yards rushing. Eli Vanderveen (Hudsonville) had 84 yards receiving on four catches, including a long of 40 yards. Jacob Thompson (Sturgis) led the West defense with eight tackles. Gabriel Blanchard (Freeland) had two sacks and Scooter Polk (Mount Pleasant) intercepted a pass. 

For the East, Darren Hawkins (Chippewa Valley) set up the second touchdown of the day for his team with a 43-yard interception return in the third quarter. 

Keion Singletary (Sterling Heights Stevenson) had eight tackles and Chuck Davidek (Livonia Stevenson) two tackles for loss. 

The East offense was led by Pesci, who threw for 182 yards. McClure had 62 yards rushing. Cordell Mabins Jr. (Livonia Franklin) had 26 yards rushing and caught four passes for 49 yards.  

The game was played at Lawrence Tech University in Southfield. 

West Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tim Parker – Muskegon Oakridge

Assistant Coach: Nate Danicek – Muskegon Oakridge

Assistant Coach: Gary Lee – Flint Hamady

Assistant Coach: Poriot Dye – Flint Hamady

Assistant Coach: Tim Oddette – TC Central

Assistant Coach: Anderson Muenzer – Lake Fenton

Assistant Coach: Martin Borski – Lake Fenton

Assistant Coach: Robert Oginsky – Lake Fenton

East Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Brian Barnes – MH Bishop Foley

Assistant Coach: Dan Murphy – MH Bishop Foley

Assistant Coach: Justin Newcomb – SH Stevenson

Assistant Coach: Todd Thieken – Ottawa Lake Whiteford

Assistant Coach: Mike Mach – Detroit Catholic Central

Assistant Coach: Mark LaCombe – SH Stevenson

Assistant Coach: Ben Avis – Ottawa Lake Whiteford

Assistant Coach: Chase Diehl – Roseville


25MichaelBaileyLBWalled Lake Western
71MichaelBoyd JrOLWestland John Glenn
55Jibriel CondeOLYpsilanti Lincoln
50ChuckDavidekOLLiv. Stevenson
77BrendanDignanOLDe LaSalle
15MarkellGilfordDB River Rouge
33BrendanHaisenlederDB M.C. Cardinal Mooney
9DarrenHawkinsLBChippewa Valley
8DontezHicksDB Det. Central
13KhanyeHowardDB Det. Northwestern
11AdamKidderWRM.H. Bishop Foley
2MartezLangfordDB Novi
18CordellMabins JrRBLiv. Franklin
1MicaleMcClureQBDet, Edison
6NigelPattersonDB Harper Woods
14DeontePippen JrWRWest Bloomfield
54BenPrzytulaDLGibraltor Carlson
20KalebRichmondLBCass Tech
10KeionSingletaryWRS.H. Stevenson
3TylerSwickWRGrosse Ile


6Carson Beekman KGrand Rapids West Catholic 
62GabrielBlanchardDLFreeland High School
9JoronBrownDBSt. Joseph
17Da’Quayvius BuckLBHamady 
50Jake CoppessOLBay City Western 
30Joey DonahueLBTraverse City Saint Francis 
13DahmirFarnumRBMona Shores High School
10Ke’Waun FarnumDBMona Shores High School
55AustinFenechOLForest Hills Eastern High School
24StuartGould WRHoward City Tricounty High School
16Paschal Jolman RBFruitport highschool 
33Tim Kloska RBGrand Rapids West Catholic 
74Michael LaFay OLOlivet high school 
1AlexLeeLBSpring Lake 
8CaneMackQBPortage Northern High School
45PeterMarkvluwerDLUnity Christian High School
56DylanMcDonald OLDurand Area High School 
7KalvinMcGillisLBMcBain high school
60CadenMcPhillipsOLMidland High School
70GraysonOrrDLNew Lothrop High School
14ScooterPolkDBMt. Pleasant
11CarringtonPryorDBSaginaw Heritage 
20ChrisReinhold Jr.LBCadillac Senior High School
75LandonRoeOLBirch Run
12LarenzSmithWRBattle Creek Central 
71RowanStewartDLJenison High Scool
25Jacob Thompson DBSturgis high school 
2JaylinTownsendWRBeecher high school
72Matthew Utter OLCharlotte 
4MacVandenhoutQBRockford High School
5EliVanderVeenDBHudsonville Highschool