East wins 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
The Ellis County Press
The nation’s top 90 high school football athletes and the top 97 high school marching band members gathered Saturday at San Antonio’s Alamodome to take part in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Sponsored by the U.S. Army, the bowl is the premier high school football game in the country. Texas (West) sent the third largest group of football players with 12 behind Florida (East) with 13 and California (West) with 14.
The 2008 National Selection Tour, which travels cross-country to showcase the selected players to friends, families, and their communities, was the largest one to date.
The tour made over 165 stops covering almost 55,000 miles.
The bowl has been held at the Alamodome every year since 2002, with the inaugural bowl being held at Highlander Stadium in Dallas home to the Highland Park Scots.
Each side had won exactly half of the previous eight bowls going into Saturday’s game with the East coming in as defending champions.
Prior to the game, members of both teams were announced and paired with members of the Army at center field.
In front of a crowd of 32,732 including over four full sections of Army members, four members of the U.S. Army got things started by repelling from the rafters to field level to deliver the game ball.
The East got on the board first with a touchdown with a little over three minutes remaining in the first quarter. The West answered back with a field goal with less than a minute left.
The East would add to their lead in the second quarter with another touchdown to take a 14-3 lead at half-time.
While the teams contemplated their second half strategies 97 of the nation’s finest high school musicians took the field to entertain the crowd.
Five of the 97 hailed from Texas.
Both sides traded off touchdowns in the third quarter which left the West still trailing 20-10.
The East put the game away in the fourth quarter scoring two more touchdowns to go up 30-10.
The West did not go quietly though scoring one last touchdown with a little less than four minutes left in the game.
With the 30-17 victory, the East now takes a 5 to 4 lead in the series.
The East was presented with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Herman Boone Award presented by Coach Herman Boone.
If the name sounds familiar, but you can’t seem to place it, it’s because you have probably watched "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone.
Coach Boone and Coach Yoast are honorary coaches for the East and West teams at every bowl.