The Play

A last-second bomb from Fayetteville junior quarterback Brandon Allen to senior wideout Michael Heintzman early Saturday afternoon allows the Purple Bulldogs to race undefeated to the VYPE 7-on-7 Tournament championship.

When Fayetteville looks back on its 2009 VYPE 7-on-7 Championship, it will be one play that comes to mind the most.

That play wasn't even in the title game – in fact, it happen two hours earlier.

Co-MVPs Brandon Allen and Michael Heintzman hooked up on a touchdown pass with no time left to down Shiloh Christian 41-36 in what was the winners' bracket final just seconds after the Saints had taken the lead.

"Our kids never stopped believing," Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton said. "That is something that we preach, overcoming adversity and I know everybody does.

"We had time for one play and Brandon put it in there where – if you had put a coffee can in the back corner about 59 yards from where he was at, it would have gone in it," Patton added. "He made a great throw and Michael Heintzman an unbelievable catch - as he did several times this tournament – as he was running into a sled."

That aforementioned win gave the Purple Bulldogs some time to rest, Rogers knocked off Shiloh in the losers' bracket final and then Fayetteville whipped the Mounties 33-20 to take the title.

It gave the Fayetteville squad - who won all 11 of its tournament contests - a second major 7-on-7 title after taking the Pulaski Academy-hosted Shootout of the South back in June.

It also avenged last Saturday's 37-18 loss to the Saints one week earlier in the finals of the Southwest Elite at Shiloh Christian.

"We talked about earlier in the year how we wanted to win the PA Tournament and the VYPE," Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton said. "We think they are the two best tournaments in the state of Arkansas.

"VYPE did a great job putting the tournament on and they had some very good teams that came in from out of state and in state and I thought our kids came out and competed hard, played well, took it one game at a time," Patton continued. "We had two big games back to back with El Dorado and Shiloh Christian to get us to this point. I just couldn't be more prouder of a bunch of guys."

Patton stressed how big the win over Shiloh was in the big scheme of things.

"When you are in a double elimination tournament, you do not want to get in the losers' bracket," Patton said. "I thought beating Shiloh was huge. It kept us in the winners' bracket where our kids could stay fresh, a little bit rested. I thought Rogers in the championship game – they had played a bunch of games straight and might have got a little winded."

Allen was 166-of-217 passing for 53 TDs with just one interception during the two-day event while Heintzman – a converted running back – hauled in 49 catches – 21 of which went for scores. None of Helntzman catches or Allen's completions were as big as the one that sent the receiver into a blocking sled sitting just beyond the end zone at the UA practice fields. "I knew he was going to throw it to me because there was only 10 seconds left and I knew he was going for it," Heintzman said. "I was just ready to catch it. I was running and I saw the overhead and the shade (of the UA Indoor Workout Center) and I knew I just had to slow down and box him (the defender) out. I didn't know if I was in bounds or not."

Allen had faith in his pass catcher.

"That play was a lot of fun," Allen said. "We just called a deep pass for Michael Heintzman and he just went deep for me, made a great catch and stayed in bounds."

Heintzman is getting interest from Ole Miss, Arkansas and UCA among others.

"Michael is a kid that can play college football," Patton said. "Somebody needs to get him, he is a special athlete."

Heintzman gives Fayetteville yet another highly regarded receiving weapon to go along with junior and UA soft commit Demetrius Dean and senior Josh Hale.

"He's huge, he's got speed," Allen said of Heintzman. "With him going deep, I don't think anybody can stay with him. We've got a lot of talented receivers so it is easy to throw to them."

Allen went an astounding 562-of-735 passing for 183 TDs with just three picks while leading Fayetteville to a 36-3-2 mark in 7-on-7 competition this spring.

He is certainly a Division I prospect with interest from offer 20 schools – albeit no one has offered a scholarship yet seemingly because they think he will end up at Arkansas where his dad Bobby is an assistant coach.

"It really is not frustrating at all," Allen said. "It really isn't. I don't even think about it. People assume that because of my dad, I don't even worry about it at all."

For the summer, Hale caught 150 passes for 35 TDs, Heintzman had 144 receptions for 60 TDs and Dean hauled in 94 catches for 38 TDs.

"Our timing is down now – the 7-on-7 helped us with that," Allen said. "I have a lot of confidence in all my receivers. They are all great, got better and made big plays."

The tournament feature all three of the state's highly regarded 2011 quarterbacks in Allen (6-3, 190), Dumas' Darion Griswold (6-5, 240) and Shiloh Christian's Kiehl Frazier (6-3, 200), who won the Top Gun QB Challenge on Thursday.

"That's just competition," Allen said. "He (Frazier) is a great quarterback and competing against him just makes me better. He (Griswold) has got a gun."

Top-seed Fayetteville, Shiloh, Springdale and Sherman, Texas all went through Friday's pool play unbeaten.

The 31 teams were then split into two divisions based on their records in pool play.

Russellville won what was dubbed the lower bracket with a 15-6 win over Gravette.

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