The Badger 7on7 Elite Passing Camp held on the campus of USF has always been considered one of the top showcase events of the year and 2011 was no different. 15 teams competed on day one of the two-day event and
The tournament showcases the elite recruits, but it is also a great opportunity for other players to emerge. Team Tampa was made up of some of top prospects surrounding Tampa Bay and besides having the most physically impressive looking prospects in the entire tournament had a very impressive showing on the field over the weekend. The top prospects played like they were supposed to and several players jumped in the spotlight with their performance and should earn major offers after the tournament.
The tournament was broken into a two-day format with the round robin seeding the first day and the single elimination tournament was played on Sunday. Saturday's round robin action got the players accustomed to playing together and battling opponents for the first time. The round robin was broken down into three groupings, with Team Tampa matched with South Florida Blur (Palm Beach County), Child Please (Treasure Coast), Big Timers (Orlando), and Pro Impact (Jacksonville).
In game one they drew the Orlando team Big Timers, who had players like QB Nick Patti (Dr. Phillips), DB Kimlon KJ Dillon (Apopka, USF offer), Dr. Phillips' ATH Drico Johnson and WR Trey Griffey (Ken Griffey JR's kid). Greg Windham through a nice TD to Nelson Agholor and Adrian Jenkins made a great catch from Louie Pappas for a score Team Tampa won 13-6.
In game two they went against South Florida Blur (Palm Beach County), who had WR Fred McCrae, QB Kedric Bostic, and WR Jamie Wilson. Pappas threw TD's to Agholor and Bailey, Windham to Adrian Jenkins for a score. Team Tampa lost 18-20
In game three they faced Pro Impact from Jacksonville that had player like TE Kelvin Rainey, LB Kenneth Bynum, and CB Zach Camp. Team Tamp defense was stout in the game only allowing 7 points, but the offense struggled with only one score to Kent Taylor and Tampa lost 6-7.
In game 4 they went against Child Please with players from the Treasure Coast including ATH Travares Copeland who lined up at QB and WR and LB Patrick Jean. Team tamp found their groove with Nelson Agholor catching a TD from Louis Pappas and Alvin Bailey catch three TD's, two from Windham and one from Pappas. Tampa won 26-12
Team Tampa went 2-2 on Saturday, and was seeded 9th for the Sunday championship series.
The team got their rest and came out strong for the actual tournament on day two. They drew Hard Knocks, a team made up of Dade County players including Miami commit CB AJ Leggett, RB Tory Clayton, and LB James Burgess. Team Tampa came out on fire this time and thoroughly beat them on both sides of the ball. and both Windham and Pappas three 3 TD's apiece, Kent Taylor had two, while Charles Booth, Richard Benjamin, and Alvin Bailey each had one Agholor had several long catches and two extra points. The defense had three interceptions by Leon McQuay, Jarvis McCall and Vernon HargreavesIII, while Tyriq McCord had two passes deflected. Tampa won 42-6.
The second game they faced the South Florida Blur (Palm Beach County), a team they lost to on Saturday. Tampa came out with a quick interception by Nelson Agholor, but the offense couldn't capitalize and turned the ball over on downs. The next series Hargreaves came up with a big pass deflection on a key third down to get the ball back. Pappas then hit Adrian Jenkins for a score and Agholor with the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Next series the defense was stout and Hargreaves made another third down deflection to stop them. Next series Greg Windham hit Richard Benjamin for a score, and Kent Taylor for the extra point and a 14-0 lead. Tampa got a turnover on downs, but on the very next play Pappas threw an INT. Kedric Bostic then hit Jamie Wilson to make it 14-6. On the next play Windham threw and INT and Blur converted it for a 14-12 score. Pappas then hit Bailey for a long TD but missed the conversion for a 12-20 score. As time wound down Blur got a late TD and got the two-point conversion to tie up the score 20-20. With 30 sec left Pappas tried it deep but it was picked off to force OT.
The format for overtime was longest yard on one play. Tampa got the ball first but a Windham pass to Agholor was stripped for no yards. With blur only needing a yard William Watson came up with the big pass defense to force double OT. Blur got the ball first and Team Tampa knocked the ball away for zero gain, and on their play hit Kent Taylor for a 3 yard gain and the win to advance to the final four.
In the Semi final they went against Footballers Fire (another South Florida team) who had a hot QB Gueirry Vanderkup, and DB Larry Hope. Fire drew first blood with 6-0 lead, but Team Tampa answered with a big throw to Agholor for a TD and Bailey made it 7-6 Tampa. Vanderkup threw another Td but didn't convert and a 12-7 score. On the next series Tampa was driving, and Kent Taylor was streaking down the middle but Windham's pass was short and picked off. Fire then drove and got another TD, but was sacked on the extra point for an 18-7 lead. Windham then found Bailey for a TD and cut the deficit to 13-18. Tampa tried to get a stop, but Fire got an insurance TD to make it 24-13, which ended up being the final score.
The Footballers fire then went on to upset the South Florida Express and won the tournament.
By making the final four, Team Tampa qualified for the national championship in Los Angeles, to be played in July. Tourney winner Footballers fire, South Florida Express and Showtime also qualified for the championship.
Stay tuned for a team analysis and breakdown. Plus notes and observations, photos, videos, etc……….
Team Tamp: from the left: RB Matt Jones (Armwood), 2013 ATH Richard Benjamin, WR/DB Nelson Agholor (Berkeley Prep), 2013 WR Aaron Jenkins (Jefferson), DB Jarvis McCall (Armwood), QB Greg Windham (King), DE Tyriq McCord, ATH Isaac Turner (Armwood), TE Kent Taylor, WR Charles Booth (Jefferson), DB Jyrell Nun (Armwood), 2013 WR Alvin Bailey (Armwood), 2013 CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Wharton), QB Louie Pappas (Tarpon), Coach Josh Grady (Armwood) DE Dante Fowler (Lakewood), DaQual Randall (Palmetto), 2013 DB Leon McQuay Armwood), LB (Middleton), kneeling CB William Watson (Jefferson), DB Brian Poole (South East)