Back-to-Back Beasts

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- For the second consecutive summer, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road won North Carolina's "Beast of the Hill" Seven-on-Seven Passing Tournament.

The tournament included 24 schools representing Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. The participating schools were broken into four pods (Blue, Heels, Rams, and White) of six schools.

Each school played the five other teams in their pod. At the end of the "round robin," the top two schools from each pod advanced to the "Championship Bracket."

The top two teams in each pod advanced to the "Championship Bracket." The next eight best teams, according to record, will advance to the "Challenger Bracket." Both brackets were single elimination tournaments.

Three teams went undefeated in "round robin" play – Miami (Fla.) Carol City 1, Charlotte (N.C.) West, and Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road. All three remained unbeaten with victories in the first round of the "Championship Bracket," which set up a battle of the undefeats in the semi-finals – No. 2 Carol City 1 versus No.3 West Charlotte.

In two competitive semi-final match-ups, West Charlotte beat Carol City 1, despite missing Duke verbal commitment Britton Grier to a minor injury, and Leesville Road defeated No. 5 Burlington (N.C.) Cummings.

Two interceptions gave Leesville Road an early lead over West Charlotte in the finals of the "Championship Bracket," which it never relinquished.

In the "Challenger Bracket," No. 7 seeded Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem pulled two upsets to earn a spot in the finals against No. 1 Miami (Fla.) Carol City 2. However, Carol City 2 easily disposed of Salem, nearly keeping them scoreless, to win the "Challenger Bracket."

Individual Awards

MVP: Josh Stanley (QB, Leesville Road, '11)
Top Gun (QB): Akeem Jones (QB, Carol City, '13)
Playmaker (Offense): Brandon Sansbury (WR, West Charlotte, '11)
Hitmaker (Defense): Jalen Alexander (DB, Carol City, '13)
Best Effort: Britton Grier (TE/LB, West Charlotte, '11)
Most Inspirational: Ryan Mangum (S, Leesville Road, '11)

Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.) 5 0
Carrboro (Carrboro, N.C.) 4 1
Northeast Guilford (McLeansville, N.C.) 2 3
Northern Nash (Rocky Mount, N.C.) 2 3
Salem (Virginia Beach, Va.) 2 3
Northern Durham (Durham, N.C.) 0 5
West Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.) 5 0
East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 3 2
Cummings (Burlington, N.C.) 4 1
Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) 2 3
Overhills (Spring Lake, N.C.) 1 4
Sanderson (Raleigh, N.C.) 0 5
Carol City 1 (Miami, Fla.) 5 0
Hillside (Durham, N.C.) 4 1
Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.) 2 3
Wakefield (Raleigh, N.C.) 2 3
T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.) 1 4
Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) 1 4
Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.) 4 1
Hermitage (Richmind, Va.) 4 1
Carol City 2 (Miami, Fla.) 3 2
Ashley (Wilmington, N.C.) 1 4
Jordan (Durham, N.C.) 1 4
South Johnston (Four Oaks, N.C.) 1 4

Challenger Bracket
First Round
(1) Carol City 2 beat (8) Jordan
(5) Ravenscroft beat (4) Great Bridge
(3) Wakefield beat (6) NE Guilford
(2) Salem beat (7) East Chapel Hill
(1) Carol City 2 beat (5) Ravenscroft
(7) Salem beat (3) Wakefield
(1) Carol City 2 beat (7) Salem

Championship Bracket
First Round
(1) Leesville Road beat (8) Hermitage
(5) Cummings beat (4) Hillside
(3) West Charlotte beat (6) Grassfield
(2) Carol City 1 beat (7) Carrboro
(1) Leesville Road beat (5) Cummings
(3) West Charlotte  beat (2) Carol City 1
(1) Leesville Road beat (3) West Charlotte

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