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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | Team East made it a three-peat in the third annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, defeating Team West 29-3 to improve to 3-0 in the series.
Atlanta Carver High running back Demond Dennis earned Offensive MVP honors by tallying more than 100 yards of offense (49 rushing, 53 receiving) to lead the East’s win.
``I felt like I had something to prove since I’m not one of the top-rated guys,’’ said Dennis. ``I think I showed that I’m just as good as anybody out here on the field.’’
Defensive tackle Kwame Geathers of Carvers Bay (S.C.) High was named Defensive MVP with 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup to keep the West out of the end zone.
The East defense was first to score by pinning the West with a safety. The offense struck two plays later when Zach Mettenberger hit Stephen Hill for a 68-yard touchdown bomb.
East quarterback Eugene Smith got his shot on the next series and took advantage with a long scoring drive, capped by his 15-yard TD pass to Desmond Parks to make it 16-0. Andrew Lloyd added a 42-yard field goal just before halftime to make it a 22-0 lead.
The West finally got on the board with a long drive to start the second half but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald. It was the last time it let the scoreboard.
``We wanted to shut them out, but they got that field goal,’’ said Geathers, who was also the O-D Defensive Lineman of the Year. ``There was some great competition out here.’’
The East quickly answered with a 39-field goal by Lloyd and Adam Morgan found tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen in the end zone to cap the scoring and a 29-3 win for the East.
For the most part, the guys who had the best weeks, had the best games. Dennis and Geathers won MVP, but the East had great performances from a number of players. Mike Gilliard had a strong game on defense along with Quandon Christian, a player I've been very impressed with this week and David Mackall. In the secondary, Kenneth Gilstrap continued to lock down his side and Roderick Sweeting really picked it up during the game.
While the West lost, I thought the quarterbacks did what they could given the pressure. Raymond Cotton, Jordan Luallen and Chris Garrett all showed some escapability and toughness, standing in the pocket. Shawn Lynch made a couple of great grabs to help out this quarterbacks. On defense, Ty Phillips was in the backfield quite a bit and linebackers Darius Moffett and Ryan Reardon seemed to always be around the ball. Anthony Sanders capped a good week with a solid game.
There were many great performances this week. Stay tuned to Scout.com for a full wrap-up as we give you notes on every player in attendance this week!