Passing Down 7on7 CenCal Regional Preview

Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Challenge is its final stretch as the last of three regionals takes place Sunday at the Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove. Some of the Golden State's top prospects will be competing, including the nation's top rated receiver…

Michiah Quick made his high school football debut at the first ever Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Challenge as a rising freshman in 2010. While overshadowed by elite 2011 prospects Cody Kessler, Kyle Boehm, and James Sample and future five-star 2012 prospects Shaquille Thompson and Tee Shepard, Quick showed the raw skills that would make the Golden State's top rated prospect and the nation's No. 1 ranked receiver in the 2014 class.

Fresh off his visit to South Bend, Quick headlines Team DB Guru, coached by namesake Tony Perry. And he will have even more attention as DB Guru will compete without four-star gunslinger Manny Wilkins, who quarterbacked them early this spring.

Wilkins led Team Those Guys in the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Challenge Northern California Regional on March 17 when his DB Guru teammates couldn't make it. The Central California Regional in Elk Grove is the last of three regional tournaments and comes on the heels of last week's Southern California Regional in Fontana.

The 11-team field is quite as loaded as what was witnessed last weekend in Fontana, but the cupboard is far from bare. Team TMP Elite Stars will feature two of nation's best players at their respected positions – running back Joe Mixon and cornerback Adarius Pickett. Along with cornerback Malik Beachum and linebacker D.J. Calhoun, their defense will be stout.

Mixon was a late addition to Team Shift at the NorCal Regional last month in Livermore; his primary squad is TMP Elite Stars. Unlike Shift's unexpected fifth place finish in Livermore, TMP looks to contend for a berth into the Best of the West Finals on Sunday.

Team Bakersfield Elite is looking to pick up the pieces of Bakersfield-based Team SavvOut that finished 0-4 last week in Fontana. For three consecutive years, a Bakersfield team has played in the Passing Down championships.

The East Bay is returning to Passing Down for some unfinished business. Led by 2015 quarterback prospect Kyle Kearns, Team EBAL Elite ran through pool play in Livermore but was tripped up in the quarterfinals by Team Sac Attack. Also returning from the Northern California regional is Team Thunder.

SCV Elite was on the outside looking in as the 17th team of the 16-team SoCal Regional last week, therefore, the Santa Clarita squad is making the trek up Interstate 5 to compete for a spot in the Best of the West.

Rounding out the field is Team Cali Goldmine, Team Dream Crushers, Team Bay Area Destroyers, Team Wildcats, and Team Grizzlies.

The top four finishers in Elk Grove qualify for the Best of the West Championship on April 28 in Fullerton. Eight teams have already qualified for the finals.

Team Diverse Sports won the NorCal Regional. Defending 2012 Best of the West Champions Team Pro Sport finished second followed by Team ASAP, and Team Sac Attack. Body by Tra Results went 7-0 to win the SoCal Regional. GameChangersLA finished second followed by B2G and Team Ground Zero-Just Play.

Passing Down Central Cal Regional Pool Play Schedule

Pod 1 (Field 1) – DB Guru, Bakersfield Elite, TMP Elite Stars, Thunder, Dream Crushers, Cali Goldmine

10:00 – DB Guru vs. TMP Elite Stars
10:30 – Bakersfield Elite vs. Thunder
11:00 – Dream Crushers vs. Cali Goldmine
11:30 – DB Guru vs. Bakersfield Elite
12:00 – TMP Elite Stars vs. Cali Goldmine
12:30 – Dream Crushers vs. Thunder
1:00 – DB Guru vs. Cali Goldmine
1:30 – TMP Elite All-Stars vs. Thunder
1:30 – Bakersfield Elite vs. Dream Crushers (Field 2)
2:00 – OPEN

Pod 2 (Field 2) – EBAL Elite, Grizzlies, SCV Elite, Wildcats, Bay Area Destroyers

10:00 – EBAL Elite vs. Bay Area Destroyers
10:30 – Grizzlies vs. Wildcats
11:00 – SCV Elite vs. EBAL Elite
11:30 – Bay Area Destroyers vs. Grizzlies
12:00 – SCV Elite vs. Wildcats
12:30 – EBAL Elite vs. Grizzlies
1:00 – Wildcats vs. Bay Area Destroyers
1:30 – Bakersfield Elite vs. Dream Crushers (Pod 1 Game)
2:00 – SCV Elite vs. Cali Goldmine*

*-4th pool play game doesn't count towards playoff seeding

Playoffs

10/11 seed play-in game – 2:45-3:10
First Round – 3:15-3:40 (7 seed vs. 10/11 game winner, 8 seed vs. 9 seed)
Quarterfinals – 3:45-4:40
Semifinals – 4:50-5:15
Finals – 5:25-5:55 (30-minute game, 70-yard field)

#note – Home team determined by coin toss prior to start of game. In playoffs, higher seed is home team. All teams are guaranteed at least four games. Top six seeds will only need to win 3 games in playoffs to claim championship. Top four finishers qualify for Best of the West Tournament on April 28 in Fullerton.



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