- 2016 GAME RECAP
Second Half Propels Team East to Win in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Defensive End Khalid Kareem earns MVP honors after leading Team East to a second half shutout over Team West
CARSON, CA (Jan. 3, 2016) – Team East opened the second half scoring 14 unanswered points thanks to two rushing touchdowns by future Florida State running back Amir Rasul (Miami, FL/Coral Gables) and a second half defensive shut out to lead East to a 28-13 win in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in front of a crowd of 6,173 at the StubHub Center. With a two and nine yard touchdown run respectively, Rasul helped give his team a 28-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter while the defense, led by MVP Khalid Kareem (Pontiac, MI/Harrison Community) never relinquished the lead in the second half.
A defensive end and Notre Dame commit, Kareem recovered two fumbles in the game, returning one for a touchdown in the second quarter to earn MVP honors in his team’s win. Rasul finished with three touchdowns on 16 carries for 68 total yards while teammate Martell Pettaway (Detroit, MI/Martin Luther King) led the East with 90 yards on five carries.
Team West running back D’vaughn Pennamon (Manvel, TX/Manvel) led all players with 123 yards on 15 carries while Terry Wilson (Midwest City, OK/Del City) led all quarterbacks with 111 yards through the air and Theo Howard (Westlake Village, CA/Westlake) led all receivers with 81 yards on five catches and one touchdown.
With 9:35 remaining in the first quarter Zechariah McPhearson (Columbia, MD/Riverdale Baptist) returned a missed 54-yard field goal attempt 97 yards, setting up Rasul for a three-yard touchdown run, giving the East the early 7-0 lead. Each team committed a turnover in the opening quarter while Pettaway led the East with three carries for 76 yards in the first quarter shutout.
Team West scored on back-to-back possessions to open up the second quarter. Tucker McCann (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon) put his team on the board with a 33-yard field goal to cut the East lead to 7-3. Pennamon had a 36-yard carry to midfield, setting up the West in great field position on first down and with 6:40 remaining in the opening half, quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (Houston, TX/Westfield) found Howard for the 17-yard touchdown and the 10-7 West lead after the PAT.
With 5:03 remaining in the half, Kareem recovered a West team fumble and took it 14 yards for the touchdown and the 14-10 East lead. The West cut the margin to one (14-13) at the half after a 40-yard field goal from McCann.
During the second quarter, East wide receiver Diondre Overton (Greensboro, NC/Page) announced that he is committed to playing football for Clemson University. Overton was the lone player to make his announcement during the contest.
Pettaway led all players with 81 yards rushing on four carries in the first half while Pennamon carried the ball eight times for a total of 72 yards for the West squad. Wilson led the half through the air, passing for a total of 104 yards, including a 44-yard completion. The East team did not convert a third down in the opening half while the West team was 5-for-10 on third down conversions.
The 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl featured more than 90 of the top college football recruits in the country divided into Team East and Team West, based on the geographic location of their high school. Team East was coached by Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (Bamberg, S.C.) head coach Kevin Crosby who has led the Red Raiders to eight consecutive playoff berths, including two State Class A runner-up appearances while Team West was coached by Steve Belles of Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.) who has notched five state championships and three runner-up appearances during his eight seasons leading the Huskies.
Alumni of the game include NFL Draft selections like Todd Gurley and Maxx Williams, and many of college football’s most impactful players like Cal QB Jared Goff, Notre Dame WR Will Fuller and Miami QB Brad Kaaya.