The third annual Blue-Grey All-American Bowl was not an offensive-friendly showcase for three quarters, with the North beating the South 35-0 on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
It was a lackluster affair that was dominated by the North team, most notably by players who have yet to make decisions on their future. Javier Buffalo, a 5'11", 180-pound receiver from Franklin, Pennsylvania, made the biggest play of the night early in the second quarter.
|Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Commits|
|JJ Taylor, RB||3-star||Centennial (CA)||Arizona|
|Lucas Johnson, QB||3-star||Mt. Camel (CA)||San Diego State|
|Cole Blackman, WR||3-star||Glen Allen (VA)||Virgnia|
|Tristian Pipp, LB||3-star||Greendale (WI)||Western Michigan|
|Tim Walton, LB||3-star||Cass Technical (MI)||Illinois|
|DeLonte Berry, LB||N/A||Jefferson (WV)||Navy|
|Matt Otwinowski, LB||2-star||LaPorte (IN)||Kent State|
|Jack Stoll, TE||3-star||Regis Jesuit (CO)||Nebraska|
|Sean Rattay, C||2-star||St. John’s Jesuit (OH)||Navy|
|Brian Plummer, OL||3-star||South Carroll (MD)||Maryland|
|Caleb Bright, OL||2-star||Urbandale (IA)||Bowling Green|
|Jacob Donnellon||2-star||Gabriel Richard (MI)||Eastern Michigan|
|Michael Gerber, OL||N/A||Stoughton (WI)||Army|
|Reese Donahue, DL||3-star||Cabell Midland (WV)||West Virginia|
|Noel Brouse, DL||3-star||Parkland (PA)||Syracuse|
|Chris Oladokun, QB||3-star||Sickles (FL)||South Florida|
|Zerrick Cooper, QB||4-star||Jonesboro (GA)||Clemson|
|Artavis Pierce, RB||3-star||Auburndale (FL)||Oregon State|
|Darius Miller, WR||N/A||St. Petersburg (FL)||Alcorn State|
|Craig Watts, SS||3-star||Admiral Farragut Academy (FL)||Colorado|
|Tyler Pritchett, OL||3-star||Auburn (AL)||North Carolina|
|Zach Lyle, OL||N/A||Northgate (GA)||Air Force|
|Bo Peek, DL||3-star||Plant (FL)||Stanford|
|John Chiaramonte, DL||N/A||Clearwater Central Catholic (FL)||Air Force|
|247Sports (N/A means no player page is available)|
Quarterback Jason Dambach found Buffalo for a 64-yard touchdown, helping the North squad take a 7-0 lead. From then on, it was a dominant display.
The star of the game, though, was Arizona commit JJ Taylor. He caught a nine-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to help the North grab a 14-0 lead. Lynden Ostrander of the Tampa Tribune provided a clip of Taylor's touchdown:
Lynden Ostrander @lynden_o
North RB JJ Taylor (Centennial, CA)with 8-ydTD run. Been star of game.North up 14-0.9:45 left in 3Q.@TBO_PrepSports https://t.co/IZoVqwiQi62016-1-10 02:14:41
Near the end of the third quarter, Kent State commit Matt Otwinowski recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, helping the North take a 21-0 lead. Blue-Grey Football tweeted about the scoring play that put the game out of reach:
Blue-Grey Football @BlueGreyFB
Opportunistic defense strikes for North. #KentState commit Matt Otwinowski recovers fumble for 21-0 lead over South with two left in third.2016-1-10 02:34:42
Taylor was the Offensive MVP of the game, racking up 114 total yards and a touchdown.
Robert Green, a linebacker from Naples High School who played for the South team, received Defensive MVP honors after his 15-tackle performance that included a fumble recovery.
This game was a one-sided showdown, even if the offensive production stalled in the first half. The North put the game away in the fourth quarter with two more one-yard rushing touchdowns. This one came from Grant Kingston of Anderson High School in California, courtesy of Ostrander:
Lynden Ostrander @lynden_o
North RB Grant Kingston(Anderson, CA)waltzes in for 1-ydTD run.North up 28-0 with13:20 left ingame. @TBO_PrepSports https://t.co/UCSK5SqKnm2016-1-10 02:43:47
If the North's five-touchdown win proved anything, Taylor is going to be a perfect fit for head coach Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats. He's a fast back who can make plays in the run game in addition to catching passes out of the backfield.
He shows flashes of former Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, who had a solid college career. Taylor carried the North to a win and may be a useful weapon in Arizona's offense in the near future.