No shortage of drama, in a back and forth overtime affair, West prevailed over East, 23-20, in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on Dec. 18.
Kohl’s Kicking products provided the winning margin for the West with Treysean Neal on the snap, Ryan Wright on the hold as Gabe Brkic connected on a 47-yard field goal.
In between, there were plenty of momentum-changing sequences as NFL veterans, turned coaches, Mark McMillian of the West and George Teague of the East were up to the task.
Still, in the end, Arkansas commit Connor Noland nearly stole the show. He finished 12-of-14 with 179 yards in the air for the East, and ultimately, was named as the Offensive MVP.
His counterparts for the East, Western Michigan commit Wyatt Rector and North Texas commit Cade Fennegan also experienced success while underneath center.
They had plenty of targets to choose from on the outside, also inside, most notably were Texas commit Travis West and South Dakota State commit Jayd VanDerWerff.
Big 12 Conference target Gerquan Sanders and Southland Conference target Truedale Archer of the East also caused many problems for the opponent’s secondary.
Dartmouth commit Jack Alexander certainly had his share of options for the West, including Conference USA targets Alexander Wise, Tony Richardson and Joshua Tipps.
Southland Conference target Erik Pizarro scored on a 45-yard touchdown catch and Big Sky Conference target Thomas Williams had a 22-yard touchdown reception for the West.
Cincinnati commit Colin Woodside, San Diego commit Luke LaCilento, Louisiana-Monroe commit Blake Lodes and New Mexico State commit Evan Tafoya-Vallo did well on the West.
The offensive line for the East was anchored by the trio of Notre Dame commit Max Siegel, North Dakota State commit Bryan Nohava and Marshall commit Dalton Tucker.
Others included Ohio commit Kurt Danneker, Louisiana-Monroe commit John Bolding, Murray State commit Ty McCaskill, Howard commit Gerone Hamilton and Drake commit Colin Mott.
New Mexico State commit John Graves for the West was in the conversation for Defensive MVP, nevertheless, the honor was awarded to Marshall commit Elijah Ratliff of the East.