The US Army All-American Bowl is an annual high school game showcasing the best talent from the previous high school football season. In this year’s game the Imperial Valley, and California as a whole, were well represented.
Royce Freeman and Joe Mixon led the West to a 28-6 victory over the opposing East team, both players accounted for all touchdown scores by the West.
Freeman scored first on a three yard rush up the middle of the East defense early in the second quarter. Mixon added his own three yard run with two minutes left in the half giving the West a 14-0 lead going into the half.
After the half, Freeman went on to add two more rushing touchdowns, a two yard run in the third and in the fourth, an impressive nine yard rush with only thirty seconds left in the game.
For the East, Sony Michel gave them their only score of the night, a one yard run in the fourth quarter with the game already out of reach.
With Royce Freeman’s early commitment to Oregon, Freedom High standout running back Joe Mixon was in the spotlight with his live announcement of where he would continue his football career. In the end, he chose the University of Oklahoma over the comforts of home with nearby schools Cal and UCLA coming up just short in his recruitment decision.
After the announcement, his day was not finished as he walked to the Player of the Game ceremony where he was announced as this year’s US Army All American game MVP.
His one rush for a touchdown, and one electrifying catch and run for twenty six yards put him over for the award, although as the announcement was made, Freeman added his third and final touchdown of the night, a nine yard scamper to the left side of the endzone.
Freeman ended the night with five carries for twenty one yards and three touchdowns.
Overall not a bad showing for the state of California.