The 11th annual Under Armour All-America Game was played Thursday evening at Camping World Stadium, featuring the top high school football recruits throughout the country and the contest once again didn’t disappoint despite the cold weather around central Florida. Team Highlight defeated Team Spotlight 23-21 and several players made their college intentions known, as the game was nationally televised live on ESPN2.
With former ESPN analyst Herm Edwards no longer able to coach in the Under Armour Game due to accepting the head coaching job at Arizona State University last month, former NFL’er Deion Sanders took his place as coach of Team Highlight and matched up against former San Francisco 49ers/Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci, who has been an annual member of the game since its inception in 2008.
Trinity Christian Academy (Cedar Hill, Texas) running back Maurice Washington had himself an impressive first quarter for Team Highlight, as the unsigned tailback scored less than a minute and a half into the game on a 20-yard scoring run. Later in the opening period, Washington caught a 27-yard pass from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who has already committed to playing for Chip Kelly at UCLA. Washington became the first player with a rushing and receiving touchdown in Under Armour All-America Game history and also set a record for scores overall with three.
The game returned to Orlando for the fourth time in the history of the annual all-star game, with the game being played at the Disney Wide World of Sports in 2008 and Camping World Stadium in 2009, 2017. The seven other games were played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. The next major sporting event that will be held at Camping World Stadium will be the NFL Pro Bowl, which is slated to be held on Jan. 28th and kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.