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.
Cameron Johnson of Georgia threw two of those. Canadian prospect Timothy Ryan threw the other and it was returned 11 yards for a touchdown by Alabama’s Kameron Coleman for a 23-0 lead in the third quarter.
Coleman could have merited defensive MVP consideration. Instead, the honor was split by ReJohn Franklin and Robert Parr. Franklin of Gulfport, Miss., was one player Longerbeam lauded during practice this week and Parr had two sacks.
Travin Howard of Longview, Texas, and S.J. Fehoko of Utah each had an interception for the West and earned co-defensive MVP honors for their team. Fellow Longview product Dorian Leonard had 53 yards on two receptions and Joe Wilson chipped in 31 yards on three carries to lead an anemic West attack.
Darrean Burks of Elba, Ala., added 65 yards on six carries for the East. Arkansas native Dustin Dubar shared quarterback duties with Davis and finished 5 of 6 for 39 yards and an interception and rushed for 26 yards on eight carries.
West 0 0 0 0 — 0
East 0 14 9 7 — 30
E — McCrary 10 run (Bird kick) 8:12, 7-0 East
E — Kelly 37 run (Bird kick) :37, 14-0
E — FG Bird 22, 4:09, 17-0
E — Coleman 11 interception return (kick failed) 2:15, 23-0
E — Davis 5 run (Bird kick) 4:50, 30-0