Team Pressure Squeezes Team Savage, 30-24
Behind a balanced offensive attack in the passing, running and kicking games, Team Pressure, coached by NFL Football Hall of Fame Player DEION Sanders, defeated Team Savage, coached by NFL Super Star Ed Reed, 30-24 on Thursday night in the 13th annual Under Armour All-America Game and Jason Smith was on the field with My4oh7 keeping our Sports fans #LockedIN. The game was contested in front of 16,292 fans at Camping World Stadium and a national TV audience on ESPN2.
Team Pressure jumped to a 10-0 first quarter lead, following a 36-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis, a Missouri pledge, and a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jeff Sims, a Georgia Tech signee. Stanford commit Joshua Karty connected on a 45-yard field goal early in the second quarter to put Team Savage on the board, 10-3. But Team Pressure responded late in the second with a nine-play, 63-yard drive that was capped by a 14-yard run by Zach Evans, the team MVP, to put Team Pressure up 17-3 heading into halftime.
Team Savage rebounded early in the second half with a touchdown drive. Notre Dame commit Drew Pyne, connected with Ohio State signee Julian Fleming on a 42-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17-10. Team Pressure quickly responded with a scoring drive of its own, with Mevis connecting on a 35-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-10. However, using a 10-play, 65-yard drive, Team Savage cut the score to 20-17 after a one-yard touchdown run from Michigan running back commit Blake Corum.
The teams once again exchanged scores to start the fourth. Texas commit Hudson Card connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaquavion Fraziars, a Florida signee, to make the score 27-17 in favor of Team Pressure. Team Savage was quick to respond as Notre Dame running back commit Chris Tyree rushed in from one-yard out to make the score 27-24. Team Pressure however would nearly run out the clock on its ensuing possession, eating up nearly seven minutes with an 11-play, 47-yard drive that ended with Mevis booting his third field goal of the game for the final 30-24 score
The nation’s top defensive players showed their mettle throughout the game. Team Pressure finished with six tackles for loss, including sacks from Trenton Simpson (Clemson), Sav’ell Smalls (Washington) and Desmond Evans (North Carolina). Team Savage recorded seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks with Jordan Burch (South Carolina) recording two tackles for loss and a sack and Mekhail Sherman (Georgia) finishing with two tackles for loss. Dominic Bailey (Tennessee), Jalen Carter (Georgia, Team Savage MVP) and Chris Braswell (Alabama) each posted one tackle for loss.
Six players announced their college choices throughout the evening, with the Pac-12 picking up four commitments. Prior to kickoff, quarterback Chandler Morris out of Highland Park, Texas committed to Oklahoma, while Folsom, Calif., teammates Elijhah Badger, a wide receiver, and Daniyel Ngata, a running back, both committed to former Under Armour All-America Game coach Herm Edwards and Arizona State. Defensive end Jason Harris, a native of Higley, Ariz., committed to Colorado, tight end Darnell Washington announced he will head to Georgia, and defensive back Dontae Manning pledged to Oregon.
With his three field goals in the game, Mevis tied Sean Covington (2013) and Justin Yoon (2015) for the most in the game’s history, and Kayshon Boutte’s (LSU) seven catches is tied for second in the game’s history.