WEST TEAM WINS 17-0 IN INCREDIBLE DEFENSIVE GAME!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
If you are putting together an All-American Bowl Game, there are a few things that you have got to remember. First of all, if you are going to run a Spread Offense, you have got to have Shotgun Center Snappers and if you don’t have them, you are in Trouble. In the 2008 All-American Bowl Game, the West Team had three Shotgun Center Snappers, on the Big Board, but one did not show-up and another one got hurt in the First Practice, leaving one Center Snapper who could not Snap the Football on Punts, and the West Team Lost 42-0.
Then, if you are going to Run a Spread Offense and you are trying to get the Football to your All-American Wide Receivers, you have got to have a Dropback Passing Quarterback. If you can Pass the Football, then you can also hand the Football off to your All-American Running Backs and everyone is happy as they are making “Big-Plays” and scoring Touchdowns on their way to a Big Victory.
In the 2015 All-American Bowl Game, we had three Dropback Passers on both teams, on the Big Board, but when only one showed-up for both teams, both Teams Still had one Great Passing Quarterback and the East Team Won 31-28.
So this brings us to the 2016 All-American Bowl Game in what was the Most Incredible Defensive Struggle that I have ever seen or even heard of, if you know the Facts behind why it was such a Great Defensive Game.
First of all, Two Weeks before the First Practice, both the East Team and West Team had Three Passing Quarterbacks on the Big Board. Then One West Team Passing Quarterback and Two East Team Passing Quarterbacks Cancelled, so we replaced them with Athletic Quarterbacks, but not Dropback Quarterbacks, leaving both Teams with Three Quarterbacks for the 2016 Game.
At our First Practice on Wednesday, The East Team still had Three Athletic Quarterbacks, but Two of the West Team Dropback Quarterbacks did not show-up or call to let us know he was not coming, leaving Head Coach John Fourcade with only one Quarterback. We also found out at Practice that only One of Three Tight Ends Showed-up. On Wednesday Night, after our Second Practice, Coach Fourcade and other West Team Coaches spent Five or Six Hours Trying to Find a Couple Passing Quarterbacks.
At 11:00 P.M., one Local Area Quarterback and his Tight End showed-up and I put both of them on the Big Board. Then just before we went to Practice on Thursday Morning, QB Aaron Feazelle of Kiln Hancoack County, Mississippi showed-up and joined QB Daron Williams of Napoleonville Assumption, Louisiana. Oh Yes! The Local Quarterback and Tight End did not show-up for Practice on Thursday and we never saw them again. But at least the West Team had Two Passing Quarterbacks.
During the week of Practice, I made Friends with East Team Defensive Tackle Mark Spicer of Covington St Paul. Then on Friday Night, Spicer and Two of his Defensive Teammates came-up to me and my Big Board in the Lobby of the Hotel. “Mr. Max, who has the best team and who do you think will win on Saturday,” Spicer asked.
“Both Teams are Outstanding with Incredible Talent, but the Key to Victory is how the Quarterbacks do in the Game. The East Team has Three Great Athletic Quarterbacks. If they can not pass, they may run and if they are successful running, it could be a Key to an East Victory. If you and your East Team Defensive Players can not put pressure on the Two West Team Quarterbacks, it could be a Key for a West Team Victory.”
Another interesting thing that happened was that, although both Teams had players who said they were a Punter or Kicker; none of those Kickers could kick the ball to the 20-Yard-line on a Kickoff and most of the Punters could not even kick a Spiral. The West Team had Two Players who could Punt really well in Gavin Landry and Josh Nowell and so we moved Nowell to the East Team.
OK! So this solved the Punting Problem, but the only Kicker who could do a great job on Kickoffs, Extra Points, and Field Goals was Slot Back Gavin Landry. With this in mind, we told Landry that he would Kick Extra Points and Field Goals for both Teams and we told our Super Refs before the Game that he was going to Kick for both Teams. Then, if in the Fourth Quarter or in Overtime, if Landry was requested to Kick the Winning Field Goal to win the Game for either Team; that if he made the Winning Kick, then the Final Score would End in a Tie. All of The Coaches and Refs Loved this Rule that we made.
In the First Quarter, it was obvious that the East Team Quarterbacks were having a hard time Completing a Pass with the Unbelievable West Team Rush and Chasing Down the Quarterbacks. The First Quarter ended with the Score Tied at 0-0.
Then on the Second Play of the Second Quarter, West Team Quarterback, Aaron Feazelle, hit Super Wide Receiver Boedy Borill with a Beautiful Touchdown Catch inside the Left Goal-Line Pylon for the Touchdown and then with the Landry Extra Point, the West Team Went Ahead 7-0.
Later in the Second Quarter, West Team Free Safety Kevin Ransom of Port Allen made an incredible tackle that caused a fumble and Safety Tre’Veon Epps of Southern Lab picked-up the Football and ran Six-Yards down to the 28-Yard Line, to give the West Team Great Field Position.
Then with 5:59 Left in the First Half, Game MVP QB Daron Williams of Napoleonville Assumption hit another Super Wide Receiver Darnell Williams of New Orleans McMain with an 11-Yard Touchdown. After the Landry Extra Point, the West Team went ahead 14-0 at Halftime.
Both Defenses were Spectacular, but with 2:51 Left in the Third Quarter, Landry and the West Team Scored again as Landry Kicked a 39-Yard Field Goal to End the Scoring for the Game at 17-0.
In our next Story, I will Highlight some of the Great Defensive Players on both Teams, but is this Story, I have Highlighted some of the Offensive Stars and will Announce the Offensive MVP’s in this Story and then the Defensive MVP’s in the Next Story.
ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME OFFENSIVE MVP’s
ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME MVP
QB Daron Williams, Napoleonville Assumption, LA
WEST TEAM OFFENSIVE TRI-MVP
Slot Back and Kicker, Gavin Landry, Plaquemine St John, LA
WR Boedy Borill, Crowley Notre Dame, LA
WR Darnell Williams, New Orleans McMain, LA
EAST TEAM OFFENSIVE MVP
ATH/SS/RET Devin “Dee” White, Gulfport Harrison Central, MS
WEST TEAM CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP
OT Carl Wilmer, Marksville, LA
OG Tyrin Arceneaux, LaPlace St Charles Catholic, LA
EAST TEAM OFFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP
OC/OG Phabion Woodard, Indianola Gentry, MS
Passing: Daron Williams – 10-15 Passes for 108-Yards and a Touchdown
Passing: Aaron Feazelle – 6-10 Passes for 51-Yards and a Touchdown
Rushing: Gavin Landry – 4 carries for 28-Yards, Five Points
Rushing: Daron Williams – 8 carries for 23-Yards
Rushing: Darbbeon Profit – 3 carries for 10-Yards
Rushing: Aaron Feazelle – 2 carries for 10-Yards
Receiving: Jay Carlon – 3 catches for 41-Yards
Receiving: Boedy Borill – 2 catches for 34-Yards, Six Points
Receiving: Darnell Williams – 2 catches for 32-Yards, Six Points
Receiving: Doug Coleman – 3 catches for 29-Yards
Receiving: Kamaron Irvin – 2 catches for 15-Yards
Passing: Desmond Hunter – 3 of 10 Passes for 16-Yards
Passing: Sedrick Smith – 1 of 1 Passes for -6-Yards
Passing: Adarius Purifoy – 3 of 5 -9 for -9-Yards
Rushing: Torrance Hackworth – 4 carries for 23-Yards
Receiving: Devin White – 2 catches for 16-Yards, 72-Yard KO Return