SANANTONIO - Jeremy Johnson threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Quick with 3:59 left, leading the East to a 15-8 win over the West in the 13th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday at the Alamodome.
A crowd of 40,133, the largest in the history of the national high school all-star game, watched the East rally after the West went ahead 8-7 on Max Browne's 18-yard scoring strike to Derrick Griffin and two-point conversion pass to DeSean Smith with 6:49 remaining.
The East got a boost when Taquan Mizzell returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to the West 28. Johnson hit Quick on a post pattern four plays later to put the East up 13-8. Derrick Henry added the two-point conversion on a run around right end.
James made a great catch in the end zone, said San Antonio Christian wide receiver Corey Robinson, the only area player in the game. All the best to the East team. They're a very talented squad.
Robinson, the second of three sons born to Valerie and Spurs Hall of Famer David Robinson, has committed to Notre Dame.
Robinson, who led the San Antonio area this season with 67 catches for 1,414 yards and 20 touchdowns, was held without a reception.
It was a lot of fun playing in front of the home crowd, said Robinson, who leaves for Notre Dame next Saturday and starts classes Jan. 15. This week has been incredible, one of the best experiences of my life, for sure. I had a great time with my West team. It was a tough loss. I thought we had it.
It was a lot more physical, faster game than what most high school players are used to. These guys are all awesome. The East team deserved it today. Derrick Henry was a beast today. I don't know how you stop him.
Alabama-bound Henry led all rushers
Quick, who has committed to Louisville, was named the game's most valuable player.
Basically it was a route we had been working on all week, trying to get the timing down, Quick said, responding to a question about his TD reception. It was a skinny post. When I came out of the break, I had seen that the defender had turned his hips.
I knew the ball was coming my way. I just had to get ready. The quarterback threw a great ball. All I needed to do was catch it.
Johnson, who has committed to Auburn, completed 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards.
I knew where James was going to be, Johnson said of the decisive TD pass. I knew I had a shot and I took it. He came up with it. Playing in front of this crowd was amazing. It felt like a college game. Really, it was a great way to get ready for college.
Henry scored the East's other TD on a 2-yard run with 3:42 left in the first quarter. Jim Cooper, who had two field-goal attempts blocked, kicked the extra point.
Henry, 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, has committed to Alabama. He led all rushers with 53 yards on 10 carries.
The first All-American Bowl was played in Dallas in 2001 and moved to Alamo Stadium in 2002. It has been played every year at the Alamodome since 2003.
The East leads the series 7-6.
Steele coach Mike Jinks was head coach of the West squad. Steele offensive coordinator Scott Lehnhoff and Antonian head coach Van Fuschak were on Jinks' staff.
The kids made it a joy because they were a joy to be around, said Jinks, who led Steele to the Class 5A Division II state title in 2010 and is 43-4 over the past three seasons. A lot of times you hear nightmares about kids with egos. We didn't have to fight any of that. They were well behaved from the day they got here.