East Reigns Supreme in Alamodome

Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Jan 3, 2009
Bob Lichtenfels


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – All week long we talk about the juggernaut known as the East team. Looks like we were right as the East was dominant over the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as Terry Smith’s squad scored a convincing 30-17 victory.

Miami bound cornerback Brandon McGee returned the opening kickoff 35-yards to give the East good field position. Georgia commit Aaron Murray completed his first pass to high school teammate Orson Charles, but then missed on his next three passes forcing a C.J. Feagles (North Carolina) punt.

The West team then followed suit with a three and out of their own. On fourth down the West got a little too fancy as they tried to run a fumblerooski which was quickly snuffed out by East linebacker Larvez “Poohbear” Mars for a three-yard loss.

The East decided to turn to their workhorse running back Bryce Brown who broke loose off of left tackle for a gain of 31-yards. The East failed to take advantage of the opportunity again and was forced to punt once again. It didn’t matter though as the West offense did not manage to do anything and were forced to punt the ball back.

Jeremy Gallon who is headed to Michigan fielded the punt and tried to wiggle away from Barkevious Mingo, but was stuffed for a three-yard loss. Roderick McDowell (Clemson) was stopped on consecutive running plays by Kevin Brent (Oklahoma) and Craig Drummond (Illinois). Rutgers bound quarterback Tom Savage then tried to throw a screen pass to McDowell, but the pass was broken up by Byron Moore (USC).

The West then regained possession A.J. McCarron (Soft Verbal –Alabama) took the helm at quarterback. McCarron fired a ball deep down the sideline which was broken up by Willie Downs (Florida State). McCarron then fired another long pass downfield to Greg Timmons (Texas), but the East team cornerback Justin Green (Ohio State) was flagged for interference. The West then tried to run a reverse which again was sniffed out by Mars for a loss of three yards. McCarron then hit a streaking Timmons down the sideline, but Timmons dropped the ball. McCarron then forced the action and tried to thread the needle, but found Downs instead who raced down the field 49-yards untouched for the pick six. Brendan Gibbons kick the PAT for a 7-0 East lead.

Tyrik Rollison then took over at quarterback for the West and he proceeded to March his team downfield with the help of wide receiver Pat Patterson. The West drove the ball down to the East seven-yard line. Shayne Skov (Stanford) stuffed Christine Michael (Texas A&M) on consecutive plays to force a Chris Boswell 24-yard field goal which was good and made the score 7-3 in favor of the East.

After the teams traded three and outs, the East team took the ball down field under the right arm of Tajh Boyd. Boyd fired up a pass into double coverage in the end zone, but Corey Brown (Ohio State) made a leaping catch over Dre Kirkpatrick and Patrick Hall for the circus catch and the 34-yard touchdown. Gibbons added the PAT and the East took a 14-3 lead into the locker room.


Corey Brown makes a heroic catch...
The West opened the scoring in the third quarter as Patterson made a one handed circus catch of his own from 28-yards out. Rollison again led the West to the score. Boswell added the PAT to make the score 14-10 in favor of the East.

With the West gaining momentum Boyd once again went to work as he found a streaking Bryce Brown (Miami) for a 60-yard touchdown. Gibbons PAT was blocked making the score 20-14.

“Matchups,” East head coach Terry Smith said of the keys for his team’s success. “Tajh Boyd was very poised in the pocket and delivered big time plays. We found a match-up with Bryce Brown on a linebacker that they did not have any chance with.”

The East again opened up the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard field goal from Gibbons (Michigan) to make the score 23-10.

After another West three and out it was the Boyd and Brown show once again as Boyd fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to the streaking running back. Gibbons made the PAT and the East led 30-10.

“When they named the rules of the game you had to know that on third down that they have to be in man coverage and they have to be seven yards or closer to the ball.” Smith stated. “There is no linebacker in the country that can hang with Bryce Brown.”

The West team was not ready to fold the tents just yet as (Texas) running back Chris Whaley caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from McCarron. Boswell added the PAT and that would be it for the scoring as the East scored their second consecutive win with a final score of 30-17.

Smith was an assistant in the game last year and was ecstatic with the outcome and the opportunity to coach so many talented players.

“It is tremendous honor,” Smith said of the opportunity to coach the game. “You get the opportunity to coach some of the best kids in the country. A lot of these kids will get the opportunity to play on the NFL level and when I am old and gray I will be able to tell my grandkids I used to coach that kid.”

Smith has had quite an exciting few weeks as he served as an assistant in the Hawaii Prep Classic All-Star game just a few weeks ago.

“It is my second all-star game in a row and we have won both. [Coach Smith also was an assistant coach for the Hawaii Prep Classic]. I am very blessed. God up above is just looking out for me, myself and the Gateway program.”



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