The 2016 All-American Bowl Game Classic Was A Spectacular Defensive Battle!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
When putting together an All-American Bowl Game, I have always tried to get as many Great Players, at every position, that I possibly could find, and then I will always have a Great All-American Bowl Game. The 2016 All-American Bowl Game was no exception, except that when some Offensive Position Players did not show-up, it caused some situations that we could not solve, creating an Incredible Defensive Game-Battle, with both Teams involved.
During the week of Practice, I made Friends with East Team Defensive Tackle Mark Spicer of Covington St Paul. Then on Friday Night, just before the Game on Saturday, Spicer and Two of his Defensive Teammates came-up to me at 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 have Three Great Athletic Quarterbacks, but if they can not pass, and 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.”
As it turned-out, the West Defensive Team was so Spectacular in Rushing and Chasing-Down the East Team Quarterbacks, they were unable to Pass the Football and since they could not pass, it was very difficult to run as they Scored Zero Points. The West Team Defensive Ends were Incredible and Consequently the East Team could NEVER get the Football to All-American Receivers, including WR Calif Gossett (6-6, 185, 4.47) of Pensacola, Florida; WR Erick Grossley (6-3, 226, 4.5) of Greenville, Mississippi; WR Hunter Campbell (6-0, 185, 4.4) of Lugoff-Elgin, South Carolina; and TE Seth Shipp (6-4, 220, 4.7) of Ville Platte Sacred Heart, Louisiana.
Also! If your Team can not Pass the Football effectively, then it is going to be very difficult for your Team to Run the Football and Consequently, Super Running Backs, including Zachary Camp (6-1, 210, 4.44) of Brighton, Tennessee; Nelson Smith (5-9, 205, 4.4) of Baton Rouge Parkview, Louisiana; and Devin White (5-11, 200, 4.4) of Gulfport Harrison Central, Mississippi.
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.
With the Fabulous West Team Defensive Ends putting-on a tremendous Pass Rush, the East Team Quarterbacks were having a hard time getting the football off, giving the West Team Secondary a chance to be Super-Stars. On two straight plays, in the second quarter, Juwan Johnson of Port Allen made two Bone-Crunching Tackles and a Pass Breakup. His Port Allen Teammate Kevin Ransom had two tackles and caused a fumble that 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.
With this Great Field Position, the West Team and Bowl Game MVP QB Daron Williams of Napoleonville Assumption, LA hit WR Darnell Williams of New Orleans McMain, LA on a 11-Yard Touchdown Pass and then with the Landry Extra Point; the West Team went ahead 14-0. Then, on the Ensuing Kickoff, with 5:59 Left in the Second Quarter, East Team Super-Star Devin White Returned the Football 72-Yards, giving the East Team a chance to Score and get back into the Game, but the West Team Defense Rose-Up again and put on the Stops with Two More Tackles for Losses and went ahead 14-0 at Halftime.
Eric Lewis of LaPlace St Charles Catholic also Recorded an Interception in a Defensive Secondary that allowed an Incredible One-Yard Passing for the Entire Game. One East Team Quarterback had a Minus Six-Yards Passing and another East Team Quarterback had a Minus Nine-Yards. East Team QB Desmond Hunter Completed 3 of 10 for 16-Yards.
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.
At the Start of the Game, it was Obvious that the Defensive Ends, including Jahaziel Lee and Cordell Jones of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and Carlos Chester, Jr of Manor, Texas were not going to be able to be blocked by and they were going to play Havoc with the East Team Quarterbacks and their Offensive Blockers. Linebackers Adrian Hunter of Manor, Texas and Tanner Wiggins of Central Catholic, Louisiana had Six Tackles. Hunter had a Tackle for a Loss; while Wiggins had Two Pass Breakups with one resulting in an Interception.
ALL-AMERICAN BOWL GAME OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE 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
WEST TEAM TRI-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP
DE Jahaziel Lee, Ponchatoula, LA
DE Carlos Chester, Jr, Manor, TX
DE Cordell Jones, Ponchatoula, LA
EAST TEAM CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MVP
DT Colby Ragland, Raymond, MS
DE/LB Kenneth Grier, Pensacola, FL
WEST TEAM TRI-DEFENSIVE BACK MVP
FS Kevin Ransom, Port Allen, LA
FS Tre’Veon Epps, Baton Rouge Southern Lab, LA
CB Juwan Johnson, Port Allen, LA
EAST TEAM DEFENSIVE BACK MVP
SS Devin “Dee” White, Gulfport Harrison Central, MS
DE Jahaziel Lee – 12 Tackles, 5 Solo, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries
DE Carlos Chester, Jr – 9 Tackles, 5 Solo, 2.5 Sacks
DE Cordell Jones – 8 Tackles, 3 Solo, 2 TFL, 1 Sack, 2 QB Hurries
FS Kevin Ransom – 8 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 Pass Breakups, 1 FF
LB Tanner Wiggins – 6 Tackles, 2 Pass Breakups
LB Adrian Hunter – 6 Tackles, 1 TFL
CB Juwan Johnson – 6 Tackles, 2 Pass Breakups
CB Eric Lewis – 5 Tackles, One Interception
FS Tre’Veon Epps – 5 Tackles, Fumble Recovery
LB John McGowan – 5 Tackles, 1 TFL
DT Ben Mason – 5 Tackles, 3 Solo and 2 Assists
LB Casper Williams – 5 Tackles, 1 Pass Breakup
LB/DE Kaelan Onezine – 5 Tackles
DE Justin Wade – 5 Tackles, 1 QB Hurry
DT Colby Ragland – 9 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries
DE/LB Kenneth Grier – 8 Tackles, 4 Assists, 2 TFL, 2 Sacks
MLB Josh Haynes – 6 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Tackle for No Gain
FS Trevonte Haynie – 5 Tackles
DT Mark Spicer – 5 Tackles, 1/2 Sack
DT Eric Banks – 5 Tackles, 1 TFL
DT Cort Teeter – 5 Tackles
DE Kevin Gault – 5 Tackles
DT Jonathan Coste – 4 Tackles, 1/2 Sack
CB James Mallory – 4 Tackles, One Interception
DE Chris Leaks – 4 Tackles
LB Blake Johnson – 4 Tackles