B2G takes home IMG 7v7 Championship

B2G Five Star showed at the IMG West Regional Championship over the weekend that the rumors of their apparent demise are just a little premature rolling to the tournament championship.

After an early exit at the Passing Down tourney two weeks ago, there was a lot of buzz from other 7 on 7 programs that B2G just didn't have it any more. They answered all questions this past weekend in Redondo rolling to the IMG Championship.

Just how dominant was the Five Star squad? After a double OT scare against Team 19 early in bracket play, they won their last three games by a combined score of 84-10 and only allowed one touchdown in that span, unheard of in 7 on 7 play.

"We finally put it together," B2G co-founder Henry Bell said following the tournament. "We have probably the deepest group of corners I've ever had. We didn't have Dechaun Holiday the whole tourney and Biggie (Iman Marshall) had tight hamstrings and didn't play corner those last three games.

"That we were still able to do what we did on defense makes it even more crazy. We just kept getting better every game and it feels great to win our third straight IMG Championship, we have a mini-dynasty going right now."

While IMG didn't name a tournament MVP, the B2G coaching staff went with Anaheim (Calif.) Servite receiver Equanimeous St. Brown on offense and fellow Friar Maurice Davison as the defensive MVP.

"He (St. Brown) came out of his shell this week and made big catches for us all weekend," Bell said. "He looked the part in every way and played big for us, he was our best receiver and had a great tournament."

St. Brown used his 6-5 frame and under-rated speed to make a ton of plays. He has very strong hands and a wide catch radius. He has been knocked by some for his toughness and compete level at times but he stepped up big this weekend and is starting to really come in to his own.

No one made more plays down the field than Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure receiver Lavan Alston. A lot of players have good speed but few have elite speed, Alston has the latter. He can run past any defense, even with safety help but what has been most impressive is how well he has caught the ball. Alston has looked like a natural pass catcher, has a solid frame that can take contact and has the talent to play for any school out West.

Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin was his usual steady self all weekend. Defensive backs have resorted to a lot of clutching and grabbing to slow down Irwin but he's strong enough to get off press and his hands are so soft, you can put the ball almost anywhere around him and he'll come down with it.

If we had an MVP vote it would have gone to Newhall (Calif.) Hart quarterback Brady White. White was incredibly accurate all weekend and plays with so much poise and confidence. He has incredible chemistry with Irwin and throws the ball early and on time.

He showed great touch on the deep ball and was easily the most accurate quarterback going down the field in the tournament. He spread the ball to several receivers, used the tight end and running back and few players can manage the game as well as White.

Long Beach Poly (Calif.) tight end C.J. French-Love was a nice surprise for B2G, and was a strong, physical presence all weekend. French-Love looks about 6-3, 215 pounds, caught the ball very well and did a nice job getting open.

Fellow Jackrabbit Jeremy Calhoun looked more explosive than we've ever seen him. He was a huge weapon out of the backfield showing a great burst, the ability to make multiple defenders miss in the open field and didn't drop a ball that we saw.

On the defensive side of the ball, Davison was the man and made a ton of plays all weekend. He may just be 5-8 but plays much bigger and if he's even 5-10, he probably has offers from all over the country.

He has arguably the quickest feet among West Coast corners, is very physical for his size, has great leaping ability and is extremely strong when the ball is in the air. He was B2G's best corner in this event, as evidenced by his coaches tabbing him MVP and can definitely play at the next level.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Darrien Molton and LB Poly's (Calif.) Justin Calhoun also had very good tournaments. Molton is a superior athlete, very quick and explosive with a 38" vertical leap. Calhoun has grown and really looks the part. He has long arms, can play physical at the line and has the wheels to turn and run with some of the fastest receivers.

As mentioned earlier, Marshall has been battling tight hamstrings most of the spring and doesn't look as explosive as he normally does. He's rarely tested and almost looks bored at times when he's constantly thrown away from. Despite not being at his best physically, he always competes at a high level and relies on technique to get the job done.

We'll have much more from the IMG tournament including recaps of who stood out as well as several sleepers who emerged as legitimate Div I prospects in our eyes.

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