With the action heating up in Beaverton, Ore., the staff of ESPN RISE will give daily updates from the Nike 7On event. Here's a look at the action on Day 1:
Day 1 action on the black field
Team Super Speed (Tampa, Fla.) 27, Team Speed TDs 7
Super Speed's Aaron Murray opened the game with a 80-yard scoring bomb to Allen Sampson, who dodged two defenders at the 10-yard line and trotted into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead. The Speed TD's started off much slower but settled down after trialing 13-0. The second touchdown came on a 12-yard touchdown grab by Sampson, who finished with a game-high 213 reception yards on six grabs, including three touchdowns.
Speed TDs QB Morgan Fennell was plagued by drop balls but did put together a nice drive in the second half. He finished 18-37 for 187 yards with 1 TD and two interceptions. Murray did not have an incomplete until seven minutes left in the first half and finished 19-26 for 359 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Speed TD's defense picked up the defense in the second half, but it was too late.
Player of the Game: Sampson
Team Strike Force (Houston, Texas) 13, Team Speed TDs (Long Beach,
In a game characterized by sluggish offense and some good defensive plays, the decisive play came when Strike Force's Allen Washington caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Kenneth Guiton in the first half. Team Speed was not able to get on the board, but stayed in the game with two interceptions by Ryan Willis and Darius Williams-Fox, respectively.
Strike Force's Guiton completed nine of 30 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and the two interceptions. Team Speed's QB, Morgan Fannell, completed 11 of 35 pass attempts for 130 yards. As in game one, he was plagued by some dropped balls.
Strike Force's second touchdown came on a pretty seven-yard grab by Greg
Timmons, the most impressive player in the game. He out jumped a defender
draped all over him and made two other spectacular grabs. He finished with three grabs for 69 yards.
Player of the Game: Timmons
Team Super Speed (Tampa, Fla.) 30, Team Strike Force (Houston, Texas) 29
It looked like Team Super Speed was going to run away with this game as they led 26-8 at halftime, but Strike Force played a valiant second half behind QB Kenny Guiton. He was almost as impressive as Super Speed's super signal-caller Aaron Murray was in the first half, as the Elite 11 quarterback was simply on fire before intermission.
Murray completed 15 of 18 passes in the first half, good for 363 yards, with four touchdowns. Just when Strike Force had all the momentum trailing 26-16, following a four-yard scoring catch by Jazz Reynolds, Murray threw a perfect strike to DeAndre Queen on his first throw of the second half. It covered 80 yards up the right sideline and gave Super Speed the cushion it needed.
It was the victors' only score of the second half, as Guiton and the Strike Force offense kept Murray off the field. Guiton completed 14 of 21 passes in the second half good for 318 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Norman Darden on a 60-yarder to end the game and Darden also caught the two-point conversion to account for the final margin.
For the game, Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns. Murray finished 21 of 31 for 508 yards and five touchdowns, although he only completed six of 13 pass attempts in the second half. Still he was the most impressive player on the field.
Player of the Game: Murray
Team Super Bad (Monroeville, Pa.) 12, Team Field Generals (Santa Ana, Calif.) 7
Team Super Bad pulled out the last minute victory behind their super bad man, receiver/defensive back Corey Brown. With his team trailing 7-6 on its last drive, Brown came up with a big-time catch on a big-time collision with a Field General defender right at the 20-yard line. Even more important than the catch, the first down in the red zone meant Super Bad was allowed to finish its last drive with the clock stopped. On queue, two plays later, Brown caught the game winner from QB Rob Kalkstein.
Kalkstein had a productive game with 333 yards on 24 of 29 passing in his match up with Field General's Matt Barkley. After a slow start, the highly-regarded signal caller headed to USC completed 17 of 33 passes for
252 yards and one pretty 60-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Victor Blackwell. One of the passes Barkley did not complete was a big drop at the Field Generals' goal line. That would have given them a possible 14-6 lead with seven minutes to go. Instead it allowed Super Bad to pull out the victory behind Brown's heroics.
Player of the Game: Brown
Team Super Bad (Monroeville, Pa.) 30, Team Merciless (Atlanta, Ga.)
Super Bad continued its super performance at the Nike 7ON with a resounding victory over a weary Merciless team. Super Bad QB Rob Kalkstein, only a junior, continues to impress as he completed 17 of 31 passes for 434 yards and two scores. He spread the ball around to seven different receivers, none more impressive than senior Josh Vermeluen. He caught four passes for
196 yards, including a 80-yard touchdown strike to give Super Bad a 24-0 lead on the first offensive play of the second half for the victors.
Team Merciless played fatigued and could never get its vertical passing going, as QB Drew Little completed only eight of 23 passes for 85 yards. His longest completion went for 15 yards to Jamal Patterson, who caught a team-high three passes for 37 yards. The team from the Peach State's main problem seemed to be energy, which is easily sapped by a quarterback like Kalkstein.
Player of the Game: Kalkstein
Team Field Generals (Santa Ana, Calif.) 34, Team Merciless (Atlanta, Ga.) 12
After a tough last-second loss to Team Super Bad, the Field Generals from Orange County, California bounced back with an impressive victory to close out the day with two wins and one loss. The only team they lost to, Team Super Bad out of Pennsylvania, finished Thursday with a 3-0 record.
The Field Generals were led by none other than field general Matt Barkley.
Looking much sharper than he did in his second game of the day, he completed passes to nine different receivers. After taking a 19-0 lead in the first half, the Field Generals gave up six to Team Merciless' Quan Jones, who caught a pass out of the backfield and raced around end to hit pay dirt from
13 yards out. Jones was Team Merciless' most impressive player in its third game of the afternoon, as he caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
After Jones' first score, Barkley took the momentum right back from Team Merciless as he sophomore Victor Blackwell on a 11-yard touchdown pass right in front of his defender. Blackwell had an impressive first day and in this game he caught five passes for 82 yards.
Blackwell will be one to watch for the next three years, but for now most eyes are on Barkley and he didn't disappoint. He misfired on only one attempt in the second half and finished with 363 yards and five touchdowns.
He completed 20 of 30 passes while his counterpart from Team Merciless, Drew Little, completed 16 of 28 passes for 217 yards.
Player of the Game: Barkley
-- Ronnie Flores
Day 1 action on the Red Field
Team Vapor Jets 43, Team Strike Force 20
The Vapor Jets, from East St. Louis, Ill., pulled away in the second half after leading 22-14 at the break.
There was a scary moment at the end of the first half when Terry Hawthorne of the Vapor Jets went up for a pick, landed hard on the turf and momentarily laid on the turf without moving. He eventually got up and then came out in the second half and made one of his three interceptions on a two-point attempt by Strike Force after it had scored and was attempting to tie the score at 22-22.
Instead, Hawthorne ran back his interception the other way for two points the and a 24-20 lead.
Sophomore Detchauz Wray led the East St. Louis squad completed 19 of 28 passes for 450 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception. Hawthorne nabbed two TD catches to go with his three interceptions on defense. The team's other scores came from Keante Minor (two), Christopher Murray (one) and Courtney Molton (one).
For Eisenhower, Allen Washington caught two of senior Kenny Guiton's three TD passes. Guiton's other score went to Greg Timmons. Guiton ended 15 of 31 for 294 yards and four interceptions.
Team Super Speed 31, Team Vapor Jets 12
The score of this game looks more lopsided since Super Speed, from Tampa, Fla., converted on three straight two-point conversions while the Vapor Jets failed to get any conversion attempts.
Highly-regarded quarterback Aaron Murray of Super Speed started only one of five but ended 17 of 35 for 364 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Nathan Marvel got open on wheel routes for the Tampans and led the team in receiving with five catches for 175 yards and two TDs. His two scores from Murray came on plays of 60 and 40 yards. Murray's other two TD passes went to Nelson Vazquez (67 yards) and to Justin Rudolph (8 yards).
The Vapor Jets never led, but trailed just 7-6 after a 41-yard scoring pass from Detchauz Wray to Allen Veazie and also cut the lead at one point to 23-12 when Wray hit Terry Hawthorne from 10 yards out.
Wray didn't throw any interceptions, but couldn't hit the deep passes and finished 16 of 26 for 230 yards and the two TDs. Kraig Appleton was another impressive player for the Vapor Jets and had five catches for 61 yards.
Team Vapor Jets 8, Team Speed TDs 7
This one came down to the last play when the Vapor Jets stopped Team Speed on a fourth down play at the 12-yard line. The Speed TDs needed to score on one of its last four plays trailing by one and for the third time in the game could not punch it in with the ball inside the 20-yard line.
In a game of short passes in which the deep plays were neutralized by all the speed on the field, the Speed TDs took a 7-0 lead at halftime on a three-yard pass from senior Morgan Fennell to Richard Wheeler.
The Vapor Jets wrapped up a strong showing on the first day by scoring a touchdown in the second half, with a two-point conversion and then the key stops of their opponents. Kraig Appleton got the TD on a 40-yard pass play from Detchauz Wray, then Wray hit Appleton again for what proved to be the game-winning two points.
The only interception of the game was from the East St. Louis team's Joshua Gates. Wray finished 16 of 26 for 273 yards and one TD. Terry Hawthorne was Wray's top target with six catches for 174 yards. For the third straight game, he was arguably the most impressive player on the field.
Fennell completed 21 of 39 passes for 317 yards to lead the Speed TDs.
Sophomore Dabness Atkins (six catches, 50 yards) and Wheeler (five, 85) led the team's receivers.
Team Merciless 22, Team Zoom Blade 14
The Zoom Bladers used their no huddle offense in the second half to cut the score to 22-14 with a late touchdown, but didn't get the ball back as the team from Henry County, Ga., pulled out the win.
Senior quarterback Drew Little mixed his passes to different targets well and showed a nice touch for Team Merciless, finishing 22 of 38 for 266 yards and three TDs. Two of his TD passes went to Quan Jones, including one from 30 yard out on the final play before halftime. Jones' other TD came on a 15-yarder to make the score 22-7.
Byrnes junior QB Chas Dodd, who went 16 of 29 for 238 yards and two TDs, connected on a three-yard TD to Devin Miller late in the game and then got a one-point conversion pass to Jones. On the ensuing possession by Team Merciless, however, a 17-yard completion from Little to Jamal Patterson picked up a first down and essentially ended the game.
Jones had six catches for 64 yards to go with his two TDs. The leading receiver in the game was junior Markeith Ambles of Team Merciless with seven catches for 86 yards. Zoom Blade's top receiver was junior Jazz King with five catches for 79 yards.
Team Field Generals 20, Team Zoom Blade 14 (OT)
Christian Maldonado had fallen to the ground, laying on his back, but still caught a tipped pass on the one-yard line in overtime to set up a win for his team from Santa Ana, Calif.
Two plays later, Field Generals' QB Matt Barkley threw a game-winning one-yard touchdown pass to Derek Campbell.
Zoom Blade played a strong second half for the second straight game and tied the score at the end of regulation on a 14-yard TD pass from junior Chas Dodd to junior Torian Richardson and then a two-point conversion pass from Dodd to Cqulin Hebert.
In overtime, though, which mirrors the college game in which teams get the ball on the 25-yard line, Zoom Blade couldn't convert on fourth down.
After throwing the game-winning TD pass, Barkley ended a strong outing with 25 completions in 48 attempts for 384 yards and three TDs. The only interception he threw came on the final play of the first half.
Dodd, who didn't get his first TD pass until the second half on a 18-yard strike to Ricco Sanders, finished up 18 of 32 for 221 yards.
The Field Generals' combo of Maldonado and Andrew Roth combined for nine catches for 140 yards. Barkley had seven-yard TD pass on his first series of the game to Ario Winston while his other TD pass was on a 19-yarder to Roth.
Team Super Bad 27, Team Zoom Blade 21 (OT)
For almost all of this game, it looked like the team from Monroeville, Pa., was going to lose its first game of the day after two wins. But Super Bad's defense came up with the stops, then the offense came alive in a come-from-behind win.
The Keystone State powerhouse thus capped a 3-0 day, joining Team Super Speed from Tampa, Fla., as the only two teams to accomplish that feat.
Brian Williams scored the game-winning touchdown for Super Bad on a two-yard pass from junior Rob Kalkstein. It was set up by a pass interference penalty on Zoom Blade that put the ball at the two.
Zoom Blade's overtime series consisted of a seven-yard pass, incompletion, seven-yard pass, then an incompletion on fourth down.
Trailing 21-0 with approximately 10 minutes left in the game, Super Bad started its rally on a 12-yard TD pass from Kalkstein to senior standout Corey Brown. An interception by Karoush Hedjazi set up the next series, which was a one-play 60-yard bomb from Kalkstein to Josh Vermeluen.
The comeback continued for Super Bad when Andrew Blackmon came up with another interception. This gave the Pennsylvania squad the chance to tie it up at the end, which it did when Mile Wilson outleaped a defender in the end zone to haul in a 10-yard TD pass, which was followed by a two-point conversions reception by Brown.
Kalkstein was just 9 of 21 for 121 yards before the comeback, but ended up 17 of 33 for 291 yards.
For Zoom Blade, it was a reversal of its first two games when it rallied late (only to fall short). The team from South Carolina was sharp in the early going of this one as Chas Dodd threw first-half TD passes to Marcus Lattimore (two yards) and to Ricco Sanders (20 yards). Dodd then added his third TD in the second on a pass of eight yards to Lattimore. Dodd finished 26 of 45 for
325 yards with two interceptions.
The leading receiver in the game was Lattimore, regarded as one of the top junior running backs in the nation. He had 10 receptions for 128 yards.
-- Mark Tennis