East Defeats West 15-8 at U.S. Army All-American Bowl; Leads Series 7-6
Wide Receiver James Quick Named MVP
Record crowd of 40,133 attend 13th annual game.
(San Antonio, Texas) January 5, 2013 —The East squad defeated the West, 13-8, in front of bowl-record 40,133 at the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The win gave the East a 7-6 series lead. East WR James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Quick caught the game-winning score with 3:59 remaining in the contest and finished with a game-high 71 yards receiving.
“All of the players, musicians and Soldiers who participate each year in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl make it the premier high school football game in the Nation,” said Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and Director of the Army Marketing and Research Group. “We are proud to be able to continue to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth and the strength of the Army Soldier. We congratulate the East team on their win and look forward to the 2014 season.”
Scoring Recap: Today’s game was tied for the lowest scoring output (23 points) in the bowl’s 13-year history. The East opened up the scoring with a two-yard run by Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) with 3:42 left in the first quarter. The two teams remained scoreless until the West struck on a 16-yard pass from Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) to Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry) with 6:49 remaining in the game. With no overtime rules in place, West Head Coach Mike Jinks (Cibalo, Texas/Steele) elected to go for two and converted it on a play-action pass from Browne to DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) to give the West an 8-7 lead. Sparked by 72-yard kickoff return by Taquan Mizzell (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), the East scored on the ensuing possession on a 34-yard pass from Jeremy Johnson (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) to Quick for the game-winning scored. The two-point conversion was successful as Henry rushed right to make the score 15-8.
Notes & Quotes from Game Day
Back-to-Back Wins: With today’s win, the East leads the series 7-6. The East has won the past two matchups with a 24-12 victory last year.
Six Players Commit Live During Game: Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh), Joe Mathis (Washington), Tony Stevens (Texas A&M), Al-Quadin Muhammad (Miami) James Quick (Louisville) Mike Mitchell (Ohio State).
Ground and Pound: The East rushed for 132 yards on 34 carries. High School Football’s new all-time leading rusher, Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), led all rushers with 53 yards on 10 attempts including the game’s first touchdown. Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) busted off the biggest run of the day of 23 yards and finished with 49 yards. The East dominated in time of possession holding the ball for more than 27 minutes compared to just 20:01 by the West.
Very Special Teams: The West blocked a pair of field goals, stalling a pair of East drives. The two teams each had over 100 yards in kickoff yardage and combined for a bowl-record 206 yards.
Tackling Trio: Three players from the West team recorded five tackles including two for a loss. CB Tahaan Goodman (Ranco Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), LB Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellavue) and CB Antonio Allen (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) combined for 15 tackles into today’s game.
Player of the Year Impresses: The 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year, Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), went 4-for-7 and tossed the West’s only touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
MVP Quick Quote: “It means a lot, you have to play hard for your team and that’s what I did today,” said Quick after receiving the Pete Dawkins Trophy. “I’m just happy I can help my team win.”
Big East Represented in Declarations: Both high school standouts elected to stay home as WR Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clariton) will play for Pittsburgh and James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) committed to Louisville today live on NBC.