West Beats East on 4th-Quarter Field Goal in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Jeff FisherContributor IJanuary 4, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Defensive end DeForest Buncker #7 (C) of the West Team warms up with teammates before the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl against the East Team at Chase Field on January 3, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It’s a busy week for many of the nation’s top high school football recruits, with three national all-star football games being played across America.

The first, and the newest, was the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which was played Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

The West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars, 17-14. The inaugural game was televised by the CBS Sports Network.

The game was played with a running clock in the second half because of television time constraints. It came down to a 46-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan of Archbishop McCarthy High School (Florida) with 5:30 left in the game.

The first half was a back-and-forth contest with all of the game’s touchdowns scored before the break.

The East took a 7-0 lead on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Nelson of Mankato West High School (Minnesota) to JaQuay Williams of Sandy Creek High School (Georgia).

The West tied the game at seven when Washington recruit Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island (Washington) tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jaydon Mickens of Dorsey High (California). 

Lindquist then gave the West a 14-7 lead on a touchdown toss to Corey Batey of Ensworth High (Tennessee).

The teams entered halftime tied at 14, thanks to a 9-yard TD pass from Nick Patti of Dr. Phillips High School (Florida) to Maxx Williams of Waconia High (Minnesota).  The score was set-up by a 53-yard kickoff return by Donaldven Manning of Miami Central (Florida).

Dorsey’s Mickens was named the game’s MVP.

Still to come this week is the Under Armour All-America game Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The game will be televised on ESPN with former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards and Steve Mariucci coaching the high school stars.

On Saturday, the granddaddy of national all-star football games will be played in San Antonio.  The 12th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played in the Alamodome and will be broadcast on NBC.