The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl was another opportunity for high school football players to suit up before they head to college and a chance for uncommitted players to impress with less than a month until national signing day.
The South scored a 39-14 victory Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa led by hometown running back Willie Parker. Parker, from Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player on offense. He scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter and then capped the scoring on a 7-yard run in the final minutes.
Karan Higdon, an Iowa commit from Riverview in Sarasota, Fla., also had a pair of touchdowns, one for 5 yards and the other for 2.
The North took an early 7-0 lead but allowed 19 consecutive points to trail 19-7 at halftime. After the North scored the first points of the second half, the South pitched a shutout the rest of the way while posting 20 points.
Among the defensive stars for the South was Cody Endris, who had two fumble recoveries, including recovering a bad snap in the end zone for a touchdown. Endris is a linebacker from Tampa Catholic.
The Defensive MVP award went to Maryland Brett Zanotto, a Maryland commit from Franklin Region in Murrysville, Pa.
On offense, North quarterback Will Pyburn (LaSalle, Pasadena, Calif.) threw both TD passes, a 9-yarder to Arizona commit Darick Holmes Jr. (Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and a 17-yarder to Ardell Brown (Bishop Kearney, Rochester, N.Y.).