Las Vegas NLA 7on7: Tournament Recap

Scout.com breaks down the final three rounds of the Las Vegas NLA 7on7, ending with 2013 champion AIGA…

Quarterfinals
Utah 1 was in full form heading into the quarterfinals, finally allowing their first score of the playoffs late in the contest. That score wasn't enough for Just Play, as Utah 1 had built too big of an early lead to overcome.

The best game in the quarterfinals featured the Arizona Outlaws taking down the Prep Stars in overtime. Overtime rules allow each team one offensive play and the longer gain advances. Arizona Outlaws completed a 30yd pass and forced Prep Stars to throw deep, the pass went incomplete and the Outlaws advanced.

It was a tough weekend for the Frat Boyz, who lost three games in overtime. The third of which was in this game against the Vegas 7's. Frat Boyz did not complete a pass in overtime and the Vegas 7's were able to gain yardage, securing the victory.

Utah 2 made a deep run into the playoffs this year, finding different ways to win games along the way. Sandy (Utah) Jordan 2015 quarterback Austin Kafentzis had them on a roll until they ran into the stifling AIGA defense.

Semifinals
On one field, the Vegas 7's survived a furious comeback from team Utah 1. Down six, Utah 1 was given one untimed down due to a defensive penalty. Quarterback Chipper Lucero used it to hit wide receiver Rhett Van Lueewen for a forty yard touchdown to tie the game. The teams both stalled on offense, before the Vegas 7's pulled away in the third overtime.

AIGA snuck past surprise semifinalist Arizona Outlaws by one point, 13-12, in the other semifinal. Chandler Leniu got his hand on an Outlaw pass, tipping it so a teammate could seal the win with an interception.

Final: AIGA 18, Vegas 7's 0
Tournament MVP and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu anchored an AIGA defense that dominated over the weekend and posted a shutout in the title game. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei athlete Matthew Rockett was big for AIGA throughout the weekend and continued to make plays in the final. You can't get anywhere in 7on7's without quarterback play, and while the team rotated Honolulu (Haw.) Punahou quarterback Larry Tuileta, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest and Long Beach Poly (Calif.) quarterback Tai Tiedemann, all three played well.


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