TAMPA — Plant City High quarterback Landon Galloway held an offensive most valuable player trophy in the middle of Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night after leading the East to a 14-7 victory over the West in the annual Hillsborough County All Star Game.
He won it for playing quarterback, a fact that was a bit surprising.
“I honestly never thought I’d win a most valuable trophy for playing quarterback,” said Galloway, who before this season was a receiver and a linebacker.
Which is why after this season of playing nothing but quarterback, Galloway de-committed from the University of Central Florida, where he was labeled an “athlete,” which meant he might play anything from linebacker to safety to wide receiver.
“All my coaches this season told me I was a good leader and said they believed I could be successful at quarterback at the next level,” Galloway said.
“I feel it’s the most natural position for me. I know I want the ball in my hands with the game on the line.”
That’s why Galloway now has his sights on the Air Force Academy, which runs a combination of the spread and the option, which is what he ran at Plant City.
Galloway will get his college qualifying test scores on Monday, and those results most likely will go a long way in determining his quarterbacking future.
“I feel confident I met the (academic) requirements,” said Galloway, who on Saturday rushed seven times for 60 yards, completed two of three passes for 28 yards, and played a big part in the East’s 14 points.
“This week, Galloway was an absolute pleasure to coach,” said winning East coach Frank LaRosa from East Bay. “I’d say he’s definitely a quarterback. He’s a great leader.”
On the West’s side, Plant quarterback Colby Brown led the way with offensive MVP honors, completing nine of 15 passes for 131 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown toss to Jefferson’s Derrick Ingram that gave the West a 7-0 lead.
Cambridge Christian kicker Trevor Smith cut the score to 7-6 by halftime with field goals from 33 and 44 yards.
In third quarter, East Bay’s Chris Greene scored from 1 yard and the East added a two-point conversion to take a 14-7 lead, which ended up the final score.
Defensively, Jefferson linebacker Kyle Walker earned most valuable player honors for the West, and Wharton defensive end Antonio Joseph took MVP honors for the East after collecting two key sacks.
ETC.: Tampa Bay Tech safety Tajee Fullwood earned MVP in Saturday’s FACA North-South All-Star Classic, won 44-24 by the South in Sebring.
West 7 0 0 0 — 7
East 0 6 8 0 — 14
W—Ingram 20 pass from Brown (Stevens kick)
E—FG Smith 33
E—FG Smith 44
E—Greene 1 run (Mills run)