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American tops National in inaugural Medal of Honor bowl

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The American team, led by Portland State's DJ Adams, topped the National team in the inaugural Medial of Honor Bowl Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium. 

The game was a chance for the college seniors to showcase their talents on more time in front of NFL scouts. 

The American team hit the ground running. One-time ACC Rookie of the year Danny O'Brien, who finished his college career at Catawba, hits UT-Martin's Jeremy Butler, a play that would set up the first score of the game. 

That's when Adams let his feet do the talking, hitting the seam and cutting through the defense for a 19-yard touchdown run, putting the American team up 13-3 at the half. 

Adams kept it up in the second half, scoring on another drive -- the only score of the half. 

The game ends with the American team up 20-3 on the National team. 

"When you've had a career in it like I have, you are excited about coaching the game. It doesn't matter what kind of game it is, it's because of the young men that make it special," said Chan Gailey, the National team head coach and former Dallas Cowboys coach. 

"I love this community; this is where I started," said American head coach Ralph Friedgen. "We've had a house here for 36 years. My wife wouldn't sell that house if they offered all the money in China. She's not selling that house."

It was a small high school all-star game held at The Citadel three years ago -- a game in which Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariotto were the starting quarterbacks -- that turned out to host some of the biggest names in college.

Players on both sides of the Medal of Honor ball are hoping they make waves at the next level, too. 

"It's a bittersweet experience. I just came out, had a little fun, and just tried to make the best of my opportunities," said The Citadel's Brandon McCladdie. 

"It's a great competition out here. We didn't get the outcome that we wanted, but it's still really good," said University of South Carolina offensive lineman Ronald Patrick.

Before the game, Wounded Warriors and Medal of Honor recipients took center field to be recognized.  

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