- 2012 GAME RECAP
If you were looking for excitement during the early days of 2012, the place to be was Chase Field in Phoenix on Jan. 3rd. The inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl provided highlight action throughout the contest.
The difference was a 46 yard field goal by Marshall Morgan, a University of Georgia commit. The winning points, coming with 5:30 remaining in the game, gave the West team a 17-14 victory over the East squad.
The winning field goal was setup by a diving 13-yard catch along the sideline by 6'4" wide receiver Josh Weeks (BYU commit).
The East kicked off the scoring as quarterback Phillip Nelson (Minnesota commit) found wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Auburn commit) for a 48-yard touchdown in the games early stages.
The West answered back with a pair of TD's in the second quarter. The first score was quarterback Jeff Lindquist's (Washington commit) 14-yard pass to future Huskie teammate Jaydon Mickens. The scoring play came at the end of a 91-yard drive with 8:40 left in the second quarter. Mickens, named the games MVP, had started the drive with a 33-yard end-around on the West's first series of the second quarter.
Staying in the air, Lindquist added his second scoring toss, this time to receiver Cory Batey (Vanderbilt commit) for 26 yards with 2:08 remaining in the half to make it 14-7.
It wasn't over for the East. Donaldyen Manning (Virginia Tech commit) returned the ensuiring kickoff 53 yards to the West 34 with just over a minute remianing before halftime. Quarterback Nick Patti (Boise State commit) gained 30 yards on three rushes and then ran out of trouble to find tight end Maxx Williams (Minnesota commit) in the end zone from 9 yards out.
The went into the locker room deadlocked at 14-14.
Defense was the name of the game in the 3rd quarter as neither offense could sustain a scoring drive until late in the fourth quarter.
Finally, the West drove to the East 30 and was faced with fourth down with 5:30 remaining. Out came Morgan, who drilled a 46-yarder through the middle of the uprights.
The East didn't pack in it's bags. Led by quarterback Wes Lunt (Oklahoma State commit), the East moved down the field with ease. Just when the end zone looked reachable, a Lunt pass bounced off the hands of wide receiver Malik Gilmore (Oregon State commit) at the West 22, enabling DB Deontay Greenberry (Houstin commit) to make the interception and return it 32 yards with 2 minutes to play. The West was then able to run out the clock.