SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 10, 2016) – With the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl just 15 minutes from the opening Kick-off, the packed crowd and player’s removed their caps for The National Anthem. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band marched out in unison and when the last note was completed, the 4,000+ U.S Army troops along with the avid football fans in attendance applauded the performance. The East and West squads moment to shine was finally here and you could feel the energy coursing through the stadium.
Baylor commit Tren’Davian Dickson took the opening kickoff across the 50 to the opposing 45 to start the game. The West offense, led by Ole Miss commit QB Shea Patterson, started off with a quick 15 yard pass to Simi Fehoko. After a 6 yard tackle for loss by GA native Josh Brown, Patterson took a shot to the endzone which was broken up by Miami commit Tyler Byrd at the last moment. However on the following play, The West team pulled a trick out of their hat and scored on a double reverse pass which eventually found Simi Fehoko’s hands in the back of the endzone for the TD. (10:14 in 1st 7-0 West)
The East team were not so successful on their first drive of the game. After an incomplete pass on 1st down, Georgia commit Jacob Eason bobbled the snap and was strip sacked by DE Mark Jackson Jr. which was recovered by Miami commit ILB Shaq Quarterman on the 1 yd line. Sewo Olonilua capped off the drive with an untouched run up the middle for a touchdown (9:15 in 1st 13-0 West). The PAT was missed by K Skyler Southam.
The ensuing kickoff to the East was fielded by Savannah, GA native Demetris Robertson at the goalline and taken back to the West 45 yard line for a 55 yard return. Florida commit QB Feleipe Franks tried his luck against the West team defense but was also unsuccessful as the West defensive line pressured him to roll out and throw wide of his receiver on 4th down.
After the turnover on downs, QB K.J. Costello attempted a long pass to Tren’Davian Dickson, but the pass was intercepted by Tyler Byrd, at the East 21 yard line, who was draped all over Dickson. The East hoped that the turnover forced by Byrd would jumpstart their offense but that showed to be false as the next offensive possession was another 3 and out.
After the punt by Marshall Long, Michigan commit QB Brandon Peters took the field but couldn’t get anything going through the air. The west team was forced to send out Ohio St. commit P Drue Chrisman who skied a punt to the 14 yd line which was fair caught.
On the ensuing possession the East’s offense seemed to find some success picking up a few first downs and bringing the ball to the West 40. However, the drive took a turn for the worse when Feleipe Franks was forced to scramble and throw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Los Angeles native, CB David Long.
The field General, Shea Patterson, took the field again after the turnover and started with a 30 yard completion on a post route across the middle. Next, he dumped the ball off to his Oregon bound RB Vavae Malepeai who scampered around the left edge for 15 yards. The officials tacked on another 15 yards to the play for a Facemask penalty. On the next play, Patterson hit Notre Dame Commit WR Javon Mckinley breaking back from a comeback route at the front pile on for another TD making the score 19-0. However, the East squad turned the PAT into a scoring opportunity when they blocked the kick and returned it for the 2-pt conversion. (7:42 in 2nd 19-2)
The East team’s next possession started at the 35 due to the ball going out of bounds on the kickoff. Louisville commit QB Jawon Pass entered the huddle and seemed poised throughout the drive. He completed multiple first downs, most important being, the 4th and 11 conversion to Austin Mack for 18 yards that brought them to the West 20 yard line. Once in the red zone, Demario McCall was responsible for back-to-back 8 yard runs that lead the East down inside the 5 yard line. Eventually McCall served as the decoy when Jawon Pass faked a hand-off to him and kept it himself around the right edge for the East squad’s first TD. The PAT by K Connor Culp was good. (3:55 in 2nd 19-9 West).
California commit RB Melquise Stovall faked the reverse on the next Kickoff and return the ball 54 yds to the East 41 yd line, giving QB K.J. Costello and the West offense great starting position. Costello and WR Tyler Vaughns did not let the opportunity go to waste as they hooked up for a 12 yard first down pass and the 18 yard TD pass that capped off the drive. Costello also converted the 2-pt conversion by hitting RB Sewo Olonilua on an arrow route out of the backfield. (2:18 in 2nd 27-9 West)
After a failed East attempt to put points on the board before half, they were forced to punt back to the West team. The West team managed to bring the ball down into the red zone under the command of K.J. Costello and settled for a Skyler Southam field goal with :02 seconds left in the half. (:02 in 2nd 30-9 West)
The East received the ball to start the second half, but once again the defensive line of the West Team pressured QB Feleipe Franks to force a throw that was intercepted by CB Byron Murphy.
After back to back three and outs by both teams, QB K.J Costello led the West offense to another scoring drive by hitting TE Devin Asiasi on a seam pattern to put them up by four touchdowns. (37-9 West)
QB Jacob Eason and the East made their way down the field on their next possession up until CB Jack Jones jumped in front of a pass and intercepted it in the end zone.
The West RB’s Vavae Malepeai and Sewo Olonilua finished the 4th quarter by picking up first down after first down. Malepeai showing some elusiveness in the open field and Olonilua showing his power by moving the pile forward.
Shea Patterson was awarded the game’s MVP by throwing for 2 touchdowns and completing 6-9 passes for 90 yards as the West defeated the East with a final score of 37-9. For the full final stats please click here.
In addition 5 players committed during the game:
Dylan Crawford- Michigan
Donnie Corley- Michigan St
Ross Blacklock- TCU
Javon Mckinley- Notre Dame
Isaac Nauta- Georgia
Final score: West 37: East 9