U.S. Army All American Bowl

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The U.S. Army's troops were on hand at the All American Bowl to watch the game and support the future college players. (Photo by Darla Tamulitis) West Destroys East 24-7 at US Army All American Bowl

 

By Robert H. Kelly 

 

(San Antonio, TX, January 6, 2007) Within the cozy confines of the Alamodome in San Antonio, high school senior football players from across the country took to the field bragging rights, a chance to play one last high school football game, or perhaps catch the eye of a college scout.

 

 


Kicker David Green (#20) scored 10 points off his foot to set a bowl record for scoring by kickers. Photo by Darla Tamulitis

The game was the U.S. Army All American Bowl. On the line were the Herman Boone Trophy and perhaps the players future’s in the college football ranks.

 

The West squad showed the talent and superiority totally dominating the East squad 24-7.

 

Led by the linebacker Chris Gallipo (Anaheim, California) and place kicker David Green (Mission Viejo, California), the West didn’t allow the East to get on the scoreboard until late in the 4th quarter.


Chris Gallipo is presented the Pete Hawkins Trophy as the game's MVP. Photo by Darla Tamulitis

Gallipo was all over the field, taking down the East’s runners, receivers, and quarterbacks at will. In fact, the West held the East to a mire 16 yards of total offense in the first half and 57 total yards for the game.

 

The East got on the scoreboard with 2:13 left in the game on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Will Korn (Duncan South Carolina) to receiver Chris Little (Jeffersonville, Georgia) for their lone touchdown.


Coach Herman Boone presents the Herman Boone Trophy to the West's Head Coach Jon Mack. (Photo by Darla Tamulitis)

The West scored on three field goals by Green along with touchdowns by Joe McKnight (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Terrence Toliver (Hempstead, Texas).

 

Toliver's score came on a six-yard pass from Texarkana's Ryan Mallett, who passed for 92 yards. Green set a scoring record for kickers with 10 points on three field goals and one extra point.


The Alamodome. Home to the U.S. Army All American Bowl. Photo by Darla Tamulitis

Mallett, who is headed to Michigan in the fall, threw a 7-yard toss to fellow Texan Tolliver for the touchdown. Then future Wolverine also struck gold on a fake after for a two-point conversion to Gerald Jones.

 

It was apparent in the second half that there would be no big comeback from the East even after remarkable 87-yeard kickoff return by Noel Devine (North Ft. Myers, Florida).


San Antonio's Nick Fanuzzi runs on the field prior to the game to a thunderous roar from the crowd. Photo by Darla Tamulitis

After racing past the rest of the field, he was slowed down near the 25 yard line. He somehow managed to escape two defenders with a cutback, and finally ripped off 13 more yards. 

 

Unfortunately, the East couldn’t take advantage of the return and turned the ball over on downs.


Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey was on hand to open the festivities of the U.S. Army All American Bowl. Photo by Darla Tamulitis

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