South Medford senior receiver Chase Cota earned a starting role on a winning West squad that denied a late comeback bid by the East for a 17-16 triumph in San Antonio, Texas, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.
Despite a solid week of preparations that showed him faring well in 7-on-7 passing and one-on-one drills, the UCLA-bound Cota did not see a pass thrown his way in the contest, comprised of the top outgoing high school senior football players in the nation.
Part of that reason stemmed from a disparity in time of possession, with the East owning more than a 2-to-1 advantage with 32 minutes, 16 seconds in the 48-minute event.
The West rallied from a 10-3 deficit with fourth-quarter touchdown passes from J.T. Daniels (USC) and Matt Corral (Ole Miss) to take a 17-10, lead but the nation’s No. 1 QB recruit, Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), tossed a TD pass with 45 seconds to play. The East then went for the win but the two-point conversion pass failed.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC) caught four passes for 93 yards and one score to pace the West receivers.