Defense, turnovers, and a handful of big plays was how the West won today, as they defeated the East 24-12 in the 12th edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to even the all time series at six apiece.
Washington commitment Cyler Miles (Denver, CO) lead the way at quarterback for the West and was named co-recipient of the Pete Dawkins MVP trophy along with uncommitted five-star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, MO), who he hooked up with for a 79-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter, the longest in the game's history. Scout named cornerback Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, CA) as game MVP.
Miles finished with seven completions on eight attempts, 155 yards and the touchdown through the air. He also chipped in a four-yard run which opened the scoring at 7:48 in the 1st quarter. Green-Beckham was his favorite target, catching two passes for 88 yards and the score.
They were joined in the scoring column by Barry Sanders Jr. (Oklahoma City, OK), who scored from ten yards out late in the 1st to put the West up 14-6 after Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, VA) punched one in for the East.
After the Miles touchdown pass, Nick Jordan (Coppell, TX) chipped in a 26-yard field goal. Chad Voytik (Cleveland, TN) had a nine yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter, but it was too little, too late.
The West secondary came up big, as Shaquille Thompson (Sacramento, CA), who committed to California today, lead the team with five tackles, two for loss. His secondary mates intercepted East quarterbacks three times, Kendall Sanders (Athens, TX) coming away with two and Adams grabbed the other.
For the East, Voytik lead the way with 60 yards on seven of 13 passing. The nation's current number one quarterback, Gunner Kiel (Columbus, IN), went three for six, 71 yards and one interception. Stefon Diggs (Olney, MD) lead the team with 23 rushing yards. Drae Bowles (Jackson, TN) lead the receivers with 36 yards.
On defense, Yuri Wright (Ramsey, NJ) was the leading tackler with five total. He was also one of four players to record sacks for the East, joining Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, NC), Tyriq McCord (Tampa, FL), and Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, OH). Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, VA) and Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, IL) both chipped in fumble recoveries.
On the West, Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, TX) recorded the lone sack and also had a tackle for loss. Ridgeway and Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, MO) both had forced fumbles for their squad.
The game's attendance of 39,011 was a new record.