Davis, McCrary, defense lead East charge in Emfinger Bowl


Chipley’s Kobe McCrary rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown in the East’s 30-0 win over the West in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl at Tommy Oliver Stadium.

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Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 21:30 PM.

PANAMA CITY — There was a rare find at Tommy Oliver Stadium on Friday. Defense in an all-star game.

The East snagged three interceptions and held the West down for a 30-0 victory in the 10th annual Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game at Tommy Oliver Stadium. The contest featured more than 100 prep senior football prospects, many of which haven’t located college homes. Friday’s game, played under collegiate rules, was a final opportunity to be captured on film for the eyes of coaches from across the country.

Area standouts Kobe McCrary and Dallas Davis made the most of their chances in leading the East to the win. Bay County athletes Dominique Batiste, Ethan Brown and Keith McNeil, were part of the charge for East defensive coordinator and Bay head coach Jimmy Longerbeam.

Chipley’s McCrary opened the scoring with a 10-yard run seven minutes into the second quarter. He was second on the East with 60 yards on 18 carries, the most totes on either team.

Davis of Rutherford shared offensive MVP with Tallahassee Rickards’ product Charlie Kelly. Davis was 8 of 16 for 120 yards and an interception through the air and added 19 yards and a 5-yard score on the ground. His play-action rollout capped the scoring with 4:50 to go on a windy, chilly day.

Kelly, who has interest from Alabama State, gave the East a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter on a 37-yard run where he was tripped up near the 10 but kept his feet for the touchdown. He added 51 yards on four receptions.

The West was held to 92 total yards. The East dominated the first 30 minutes with 284 total yards. The East’s defense didn’t let up against the West, which had two quarterbacks toss interceptions.

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