So much for a balanced attack.
After promising to mix his offense with runs and passes, East coach Antwain Jimmerson finally found what worked best.
And that was throwing the football.
Quarterback Brad Boydstun threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns as the East squad rolled to a 42-0 victory over the West at the fourth annual Native American All-Star Game on Friday at Haskell Stadium.
"We just put together our whole game," said Boydstun, who was named MVP. "Our coaches pushed us this week and made us run drills. We hated it all week, but in the end it paid off."
The quarterback from West Moore High in Oklahoma found an early connection with receiver Sam Tehee, whom he had met earlier in the week.
"I hadn't even seen that guy," Tehee said. "He's a really good quarterback. He can launch it, and he has good accuracy."
The two looked as if they had played together for years.
Tehee burned the defense twice in the first half, ending up on the receiving end of 30- and 37-yard touchdown passes as the East took a 16-0 halftime advantage.
"Sam came out here playing crazy," Boydstun said. "He didn't drop a pass, and he was burning every guy. I was just throwing it up to him to see what he could do, and he did everything."
Tehee finished with five catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
The second half brought more of the same for the East.
After a Dusty Newport touchdown run, Boydstun found T.J. Hamilton, who leaned out-of-bounds while keeping both feet in for the fourth East score.
Lance Barber contributed to the next three touchdowns to help earn himself East offensive MVP honors. He ran for one, passed for another on a receiver option and caught a 66-yard TD bomb from Boydstun.
Lawrence High's Aaron Kie, who started at left guard for the East, said the victory was a team effort.
"A lot of us guys came together in a week," Kie said, "and it showed on the field."
East players Kie, Hamilton, Barber and Bubba Wills all will play football at Haskell next year.
Wills had an impressive game, too, carrying six times for 36 yards with a two-point conversion and an interception on defense.
Jimmerson took his second straight victory in the All-Star game. The East won, 34-7, last season.
The coach narrowly escaped a cold shower when he ducked out of the way of a refreshment jug just before his players dumped it on him.
"They got me a little bit," Jimmerson said with a laugh. "I heard the ice shaking behind me, so I was able to get out of the way."
Theron Franklin took defensive MVP honors for the East, recording a pair of sacks to help shut out the West.
Andrew Tinaza and Willie Blacksmith won the West's offensive and defensive MVP awards.
Game director and founder Jeff Bigger said the game's fourth year was a success.
"All the kids are great kids," Bigger said. "That's what this game is about - bringing these kids and letting them be with other kids from across the nation."