The first quarter saw both teams filling out the other as quarterback D.C. Jefferson earned the start for the East. The biggest play Jefferson could muster was 38 yard pass to Kenny Stafford that the Ohio native had to comeback and catch. With Michael Shaw and Devoe Torrence sharing the carries early, the East picked up few yards and looked as if they could mount a drive.
For the West quarterback Nate Stanley earned the start, but like Jefferson he found connecting a difficult thing to do. Much like the East, running backs Jamal Womble, Cyrus Gray and Sausan Shakerin were the offensive leaders early.
While both teams struggled to build a solid drive, the East placed the first points on the board as kicker Robert Yanks hit a 30-yard field goal. Under game rules no rush is allowed and despite a poor snap kickers are given the advantage to make their kicks. The first half ended with the score 3-0 and the teams soon headed to the locker room to regroup.
The beginning of the second half was much like the first. The East mounted a drive using the running skills of Michael Shaw only to see it end with another field goal by Robert Yanks giving the East squad a 6-0 lead.
While the action to this point had been evenly matched, that would soon change. With just under six minutes left in the game Mike Zordich picked up a Sausan Shakerin fumble and ran it in from 39 yards out for the score. The East looked for two and saw Jefferson’s pass to DeJuan Miller dropped giving them a 12-0 lead they would look to hold the rest of the way.
But while it looked as if the East had found a way to pull away for good, the West had other plans. After a penalty on the East for illegal kicking of the ball the West found the scoreboard as the snap on the second attempt to East kicker Robert Yanks sailed over his head. Yanks made the choice to kick it out of bounds giving the West a safety and making the score 12-2 in favor of the East.
The West looked to bring the score closer on their next possession as quarterback Matt Scott drove the team down the field ending the drive with a 11-yard quarterback keeper for the touchdown and placing the West only 4 points behind. Choosing to go for the two-point conversion, Scott hit Jeff Fuller just out of bounds in the back of the end zone leaving them two possessions behind and trailing the East 12-8 with just under 12-minutes left in the game.
The two teams traded possessions then the East looked to close the door and put the game away. Using Shaw and Torrence the East moved the ball down the field but stalled. Looking to keep the drive alive quarterback Justin Tuggle looked to hit a pass deep in the end zone only to see Victor Johnson pick it off giving the West one last chance.
With 1:55 left in the game the fireworks display set for after the games completion was started and the game had to be halted until it finished. It was only then that the West saw their chances come to an end and the game clock ticked off the final seconds in the second Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and the final event to be held in a stadium that has seen many great moments in pro and college football feel cleats to it’s turf for the last time.
Overall game MVP honors went to East linebacker Mike Zordich while Offensive MVP honors went to West quarterback Matt Scott. East defensive lineman Earl Okine was awarded Defensive MVP honors for his performance.
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