Begg gets win in West Coast Bowl
JAN 28, 2013 8:41a ET
After having just two days to prepare, he wasn't properly equipped to handle the uptempo offense he had to face in the South Bay BMW West Coast Bowl on Sunday at Home Depot Center put on by B2G Sports. Once the fourth quarter rolled around, Begg was gassed.
"We were getting so tired from their offense," Begg said. "They were just running all over us."
Begg couldn't afford to succumb to fatigue. His Red Team was on the ropes after surrendering 13 consecutive points and watching their 21-3 lead dwindle away. Up by just five points, they needed to keep the Green Team from getting into the endzone.
It's a good thing he had one more play left in the tank. With 12 seconds remaining, the Green Team was driving inside Red territory when quarterback Jared Lebowitz dropped back to pass. The pocket quickly collapsed and Begg provided what proved to be the game winning sack to secure a 21-16 win for the Red Team. Out of timeouts, the Green Team was unable to run another play.
"It was a great way to go out of high school," Begg said. "(That's) my favorite play of (my) high school career. A great way to end it."
The Red Team seemed to be in full command when Citrus Valley quarterback Dalton Douglas found Santa Margarita's River Cracraft on touchdown over the middle to put the Red Team up 21-3 in the third quarter.
But the Green Team showed some fight. Running an uptempo no-huddle spread offense brought by Narbonne head coach Manuel Douglas, the Green Team had a tough time completing passes in the first half.
"We stopped throwing the ball," said Douglas, the Green Team head coach. "The turnovers in the first half were killing us. We moved the ball pretty successfully but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with turnovers. We emphasized running the ball and we emphasized tempo (in the second half)."
Speedster Victor Bolden provided some pop. The Oregon State commit lined up in the backfield and took a handoff going to his left and found the endzone on a 19-yard score. After a failed two-point conversion, the Green Team trailed 21-9 in the fourth quarter.
That was just one of a handful of plays for Bolden in the second half that charged the comeback for the Green Team. He also had two sensational punt returns.
The Green Team stayed on the ground with St. Francis quarterback Jared Lebowitz. He kept the ball on a well designed zone read and ran into the endzone virtually untouched from 18 yards out to get the Green Team within five points, 21-16.
With an opportunity to take the lead, the Green Team was later stopped on fourth down deep inside Red Team territory.
Unable to gain a first down, the Red Team was forced to punt, which set up the final drive for the Green Team ending in the Begg sack.
San Diego Mission Hills cornerback Devin Holiday had an interception in the game and was named the game's Defensive MVP.
Douglas was named Offensive MVP. In addition to his touchdown pass to Cracraft, he also connected with Dorsey wideout Delvon Hardaway on a long strike in the first half to give the Red Team a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Red Team appeared to be headed towards a lopsided victory. Many in their locker room, believed the game was over, including Begg.
"At halftime we were just kind of like (rapper) YG's here, it's over. We got this," Begg said. "We just kind of let it go. We just got our act together and got (our focus) back."
It's a good thing Begg had just enough energy to do so.
For the folks at B2G, it was the culmination of a successful week. In addition to putting on the first all star game of it's kind, the company was also recognized with the Inner City Youth Foundation Award of Excellence, Vision, Dedication, and Compassion.
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