CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Never in his right mind could Ryan Switzer have been California dreamin' of such a winter's day.
The two-time Kennedy Award winner from George Washington, Switzer caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eddie Printz with six seconds remaining Friday night to give the East a 17-14 win over the West in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif.
"That was pretty neat,'' Switzer said after arriving back in West Virginia Saturday night. "You just try to do what you can in games like that. It's an all-star game, so you're not going to get as many reps because there are a lot of guys there. You try to make do with what you get.''
The TD catch was Switzer's only reception of the game, though he was one of three players shuttled into the slot receiving position. He also fair caught three punts.
Trailing 14-10, Printz led the East's final drive by moving 90 yards in 12 plays. On the winning play, he faced heavy pressure from defensive end Austin Hooper, spun away and rolled to his right before finding Switzer cutting across the end zone.
Switzer was one of 100 players from across the country selected for the game, which was televised nationally on the NFL Network. Cedric Brown, Martinsburg's all-state receiver, also played for the East.
Besides his winning catch, Switzer also got some good air time on in-game interviews and, according to many fans watching the game, made a favorable impression for himself and West Virginia.
"You try to do what you can,'' Switzer said. "I always go out there to represent my family as well as my state, and I think that's what I did.