Maximum Exposure impresses, stumbles
After being a perfect 4-0 on day one of the tournament, Shane Morris and the rest of the Michigan crew on Max Ex couldn't foresee anyone stopping them short of reaching the championship game. Today (Sunday) Morris started quickly in game one, hooking up with fellow Michigan commit Csont'e York while also integrating TE/H-Back Khalid Hill into the passing game. The first two games went as planned for Max Ex with two solid victories, landing them a spot in the semifinals against AWP Indiana. But the semifinals would be as far as Max Ex went as the offense stalled along with miscues in coverage defensively. Although at times Michigan CB commit Jourdan Lewis showed flashes of his ability, Sunday generally wasn't a day he'll want to remember. Lewis was beaten for touchdowns on several occasions along with allowing some key first down completions for AWP Indiana.
Talented Final Game
If there was a more focused team Sunday morning than Core 6 GBW didn't see it. After dropping a game to Max Ex the previous morning , the young men in red came out furious and took out their anger on the competition. Breezing through the first three games of the day lead by WR Laquon Treadwell's playmaking ability, Core 6 effortlessly grasped a spot in the finals against the hottest team on Sunday, AWP Indiana.
Lead by Scout.com five star LB Jaylon Smith, AWP put on the most impressive team defense of the two-day event. Communication was crisp and opposing teams had very difficult times trying to find an open man, often settling for a "coverage sack" (not throwing the ball at all).
Treadwell did his very best to put Core 6 on his back in the finals, catching nearly everything thrown his way, which wasn't much. AWP was sending at least two and on several occasions three Treadwell's way, limiting his effectiveness and slowing down the Core 6 offense.
AWP ended up holding on by one touchdown to beat Core 6 and win the entire event, but it was clear that in the finals between Core 6 and AWP Indiana the best group of athletes were on the field.
Top Performers: Three Elite Players
Shane Morris- Shane continues to build off of his strong showing at the Elite 11 in Columbus, Ohio just a few weeks ago. Morris looked in command and very sharp throwing the football all weekend. The biggest observation GBW made on Morris is his decision making and patience when running through his primary and secondary options in the passing game, often knowing when to go deep as safeties crept up and when to make the right throw if coverage dictated a dump down.
Jaylon Smith- One of the most physically well put together high school athletes GBW has ever seen, Smith is all over the field. Athletically, Smith can match up with receivers on the edge while also hounding running backs out of the backfield. Smith had quite a bit of responsibility for AWP Indiana but didn't shy away from making any play necessary to win. The rest of his team feeds off the energy and leadership he provides, a major reason the AWP defensive coverage was air-tight Sunday.
Laquon Treadwell- Laquon and Core 6 wanted to come up to Michigan and "take over" this weekend. Although Core 6 fell in the finals, Treadwell, individually, took over. Often dealing with double and even triple coverage, Treadwell wanted the ball thrown his way every single play, and when it was thrown in his direction there was more than a great chance he would come down with it. Treadwell went up and over multiple defenders on jump balls throughout the weekend, catching it at its highest point while also being the only person in the vicinity that had the ability to make the play.
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