By Rudi Lopez, M.A. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Carson, CA. After two days of severe weather from two storms that hit Los Angeles during the week, the NFLPA College Bowl received sunny weather and 60 degree cool temperatures with a 17 mph wind for the annual football game. The annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gathers seniors from universities across the country who are hoping to make one more impression on NFL scouts and coachs before the NFL combine and draft. Pre-game festivities included a Fan Fest with Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears pro football athletes signing autographs.
1st Half: Team National 10 – Team American 0
Team National jumped to a fast start with a strong running and passing balanced attack on the first series. Philip Nelson got the Nationals on top with a 1 yd run in the first quarter. Impressively Coach Martz’s first series balanced attacked resulted in a score off 14 plays, 88 yards and 7:25 time of possession. Team America was held scoreless in the half with too many unfortunate mishaps between the center and quarterback. Philip Nelson started at QB for Team National and Sean Maguire for Team American.
Team American’s offense could not get into a rhythm in the half, however defensively, they were making plays. Lorenzo Jerome of St. Francis (PA) lead Team American with two impressive interceptions in the half.
2nd Half: Team National 17 – Team American 7
Team National continued it’s impressive running and passing attacked. QB Greg Ward Jr. of University of Utah displayed impressive foot speed and had key rushing yards during the game. Ward had two passes picked for interceptions by Lorenzo Jerome of Team American. In the third quarter, Team National scored 17 points, two rushing touchdowns and a field goal. Taquan Mizzell, RB for Team National was very impressive, he had a long run of 23 yards and scored a touchdown.
Offensively Team American continued to struggle, additional miss snaps between the center and quarterback continued. Defensively Team American had several QB sacks and key tackles. It wasn’t until the very end of the game, that offensively, Team American was able to create a solid series that ended in a late 13 yd touchdown score by Teriyon Gipson.
Final Score: Team National 27 – Team American 7
Team National defeated Team American 27-7 to win the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. American athlete Lorenzo Jerome, DB of St. Francis (PA) was named the game’s MVP.
The game was marred by many turnovers by Team American, which prevented the team from getting into a rhythm and building momentum. Team National had a strong running game plan and with good passing game by QB’s and the versatility of QB #1 Greg Ward of the University of Houston. Ward unfortunately did not have a good performance with two interceptions in the first half. Running backs had a solid day with nice runs, and the defense on both teams played extremely well with some interceptions, sacks and key plays.