Max Emfinger All-American Bowl in Panama City


Panama City, FL --- Most high school football players dream of playing collegiate football.

110 recruits have come to Panama City to increase their chances of being looked at by a wider range of recruiters as they'll be playing in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl.

The namesake of the game, Emfinger is one of the most highly thought of scouts in football. And for the 10th edition of the game, they'll be playing at Tommy Oliver Stadium Friday at 3 PM.

While it's taking place during college football's "dead period" when coaches can't talk or visit with players, the game will be viewed by programs all over the country.

"Tapes are gonna be out Monday," said West team head coach Chris Hargrove. "Right away, I guarantee you there will be lots of coaches calling in because Mr. Emfinger is a famous guy and has done this stuff for a long time. And the college scouts know this game is going on. The tapes are gonna be ready on Monday and so calling and looking for the footage right away."

110 players from right here in Bay County to as far as Texas, Illinois, and even Canada will suit up for East and West teams in a game that previously has produced countless collegiate athletes and 19 NFL Draft picks.

While many players haven't declared where they're playing college ball, a few have, including three of the five local players.

That includes Rutherford QB Dallas Davis who's off to South Alabama with Bay defensive lineman Keith McNeil and Chipley's Kobe McCrary, who gave his verbal to Butler Community College on the Juco level.

Bay County will be well represented on Friday by Tornadoes head coach Jimmy Longerbeam, serving as the East defensive coordinator. He'll be coaching two of his standouts, McNeil and Ethan Brown, along with Arnold's Dominique Batiste.

Davis and McCrary will be playing on the East's offense.


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