SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The West squad defeated the East, 39-7, in front of a crowd of 39,121 at the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The West team's win put them up two games with nine wins to the East's seven in the Army Bowl series. The West team's QB Shea Patterson (Bradenton, FL) was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
"We are proud to be able to continue to showcase and recognize the talents of America's youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the Nation – the U.S. Army," said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. "We congratulate the West team on their win, but really it was America who won today. The players, musicians and Soldiers who participate each year in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl represent young men and women of character who have dedicated themselves to excellence."
Notes from Game Day
West Takes an Advantage: With today's win, the West earned a two game advantage with nine wins in the Bowl series.
Five Players Commit Live During Game: Five players committed to their respective universities during the live broadcast on NBC: Dylan Crawford (University of Michigan), Ross Blacklock (Texas Christian University), Donnie Corley (Michigan State University), Javon McKinley (University of Notre Dame) and Isaac Nauta (University of Georgia).
Through the Air: Game MVP QB Shea Patterson completed six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. U.S. Army National Player of the Year QB Jacob Eason completed six of his 13 passes with 71 yards.
On the Field: West's Vavae Malepeai (Mililani, HI) had eight rushes for a net of 66 yards; East's Mecole Hardman (Elberton, GA) finished the game with 143 all-purpose yards. East punter Marshall Long went for 148 yards with four punts.
For 16 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham Jr., Jamaal Charles and Derrick Henry made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans, and a total of five U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 35,687 to the Alamodome.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, Gatorade, San Antonio Visitors Bureau, 247Sports, XOS Digital, NCSA, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include: The National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Band Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Concert Percussion and DeMoulin Uniforms.
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