HENDERSON, Nev. -- In a 23-team 7th and 8th grade field that included teams from the West and Southwest, Seattle’s Ford Sports Performance emerged as champions of the Las Vegas Pylon Elite Camps 7-on-7 National Championship.
FSP, founded and coached by Tracy Ford, defeated Texas Elite of Keller, Texas, by a score of 41-19 on Sunday afternoon at Heritage Park to claim the title.
Ford’s team scored at least 27 points in each of the seven games it played.
Ayden Ziomas, a long-armed and accurate quarterback, threw 6 touchdowns in the championship game over Texas Elite. Three of those touchdowns were to wide receiver Solomon Bang, who earned offensive MVP honors of the tournament.
Drew Fowler, a ball hawk as a safety, was selected the defensive MVP.
“This is a statement win for us,” Ford said. “We train these kids for this kind of opportunity. We are like a factory in trying to make these kids the best they can be.
“Winning this title shows that we are making a difference in these kids’ lives. We’re making them better.”
Ford’s team won the game under a light rainfall. After the victory, Ford looked at the sky and yelled, “It’s raining … where are we from?”
“Seattle!” his team yelled back in celebration.
The tournament featured plenty of upsets on Sunday with two of the top teams -- FCA All-Stars and Team Black Out, both from the Los Angeles area – losing before the quarterfinal round. Team 101-8 of Thousand Oaks, Calif., upset FCA, the top seed in the tournament, in the second round.
Team 101-8, behind five interceptions by linebacker prospect Jackson Sterling on the day, went as far as the semifinal round before losing 13-12 to Texas Elite, which beat Team Black Out in the quarterfinals.
Another favorite, third-seeded AZ Grind of Tucson, was upset by A2G of Las Vegas in the second round. A2G features seventh-grade standout receiver DeAndray Ware, nephew of Denver Broncos defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware.
Real Speed from Orange County, Calif., knocked off A2G in the quarterfinals before losing to FSP in the semifinals. Real Speed, which lost 27-21 to the eventual champions, features a Division I prospect down in the road in wide receiver/linebacker Kyle Beaudry.
FSP advanced to the title game as the No. 2 seed in the bracket. Texas Elite was seeded No. 4.
The combination of Ziomas to Bang and Fowler, who also plays wide receiver, was too much for Texas Elite in the championship.
FSP scored on every possession, with most of the touchdowns on long fly patterns with Ziomas throwing over the Texas Elite defense.
“Our kids fought hard and I’m proud of them,” Texas Elite coach Shawn Smith said after the loss. “What sets us apart is these kids are from one middle school. It’s not a team of all-stars put together. They played their tails off to get this far.”
Texas Elite quarterback Damon Smith threw 16 touchdown passes over the two days of the tournament. Reliable receiver Cade Barger hauled in seven of them.
We'll be posting the top performers here later in the week.
Written by Youth1.com Contributor Javier Morales
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