Nike 7-on-7 Day 2 Game Results

Originally Published: July 18, 2008
By Staff | ESPN RISE

With the action heating up in Beaverton, Ore., the staff of ESPN RISE will give daily updates from the Nike 7On event. Here's a look at the action on Day 2:

Semifinals

Team Super Speed 33, Team Field Generals 13

If anyone just looked at the raw numbers of this game, they might assume that Super Speed's Aaron Murray somehow proved he was the better passer than the Field Generals' Matt Barkley. While Murray was indeed red-hot, especially in the first half, he also proved to have a superior group of receivers who all were in sync.

The team from Tampa scored on its first play of the game on a 60-yard bomb from Murray to Nathan Marvel, led 19-0 just before halftime and was never seriously threatened by the squad from Santa Ana, Calif. The University of Georgian-bound Murray didn't throw an incomplete pass in the first half, officially going 18 of 18 for 293 yards and four TDs. The only passes that weren't caught were on two two-point conversions. Yes, no one is rushing the quarterback, but even in 7-on-7 a streak like that is impressive. Murray ended up getting to 20-of-20 before he threw an incompletion and finished 30 of 36 for 393 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

Barkley started out one of six and before he started getting completions his team was behind, 12-0. He threw for one TD in each half and had two interceptions, one of which came on a ball that came up off his receiver's hands. The USC commit ended up 21 of 34 for an even 300 yards.

Super Speed's leading receiver was senior Justin Rudolph, who nabbed 10 balls for 137 yards and one TD. Orson Charles caught two of Murray's TD throws as did Marvel and wound up with seven catches for 92 yards.

Barkley's two TDs passes were to Derek Campbell (10 yards) and to Christian Maldonado (12 yards). Super Speed headed into the championship game of the event still unbeaten with five wins in five trips out onto the field.

-- Mark Tennis

Team Merciless 26 , Team Speed TDs 7

Team Speed came to the Pacific Northwest from Long Beach, Calif., missing three of its better wideouts so it was hoping to make the finals of the Nike7ON on the strength of its defense. At halftime of its semifinal game against the squad from Atlanta, the plan was working as Team Speed led 7-6.

The touchdown was set up by a 61-yard interception return by Stan McKay. Two plays later after his spectacular return, Speed TDs' QB Morgan Fannell had a pass tipped by Merciless' Keith Wright into the hands of wideout Richard Wheeler for a gift score. Unfortunately for Speed TDs, they weren't able to get on the board again as Fannell passed for 98 yards in total on eight of 20 passing.

The boys from Georgia finally turned it on offensively in the second half after some lackluster performances on Thursday. After completing 10 of 20 passes for 116 yards in the first half, Little shredded the Speed TDs' defense for 185 yards in the second half and only misfired on one pass in 16 attempts.

He finished 25 of 36 for 301 yards and four scores. Little's favorite target in his team's semifinal victory was Quan Jones, who caught two touchdown passes in the second half measuring 12 yards apiece. He finished with eight receptions for 98 yards to help his upstart team into the championship game.

-- Ronnie Flores

Quarterfinals

Team Field Generals (Santa Ana, Calif.) 26, Team Strike Force (Houston, Texas) 0

Field General's Matt Barkley completed 20 of 30 passes for 413 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half .

Strike Force's Ken Guiton completed 20 of 37 passes for 309 yards with zero TDs and three interceptions.

The Field General's defense bent, but did not break.

Ario Winston caught seven of Barkley's passes for 156 yards and a score.

Game MVP: Barkley

Team Merciless (Atlanta, Ga.) 25, Team Vapor Jets (East St. Louis, Ill.) 19, Overtime

This exciting game wasn't decided until overtime and it was a heart-breaking setback for the fellas from East St. Louis. It looked like the Vapor Jets had secured victory when star receiver Terry Hawthorne caught a 11-yard pass in the back of the end zone. The Merciless coaching staff argued vehemently that the pass came after the allotted four seconds and after a conference by the referees, the yellow flag came out on that fourth down play.

Energized by the call, Team Merciless came out firing on its first chance from the 25-yard line and quarterback Drew Little found Jamal Patterson open at the 10-yard line. Patterson then spilt two defenders and waltzed into the end zone to break the 19-19 tie and secure the victory for his team.

Little finished the game 22 of 33 passes for 303 yards with four touchdown passes. Patterson was his favorite target, as he caught six passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Vapor Jet's QB Detchauz Wray completed 18 of 35 passes for 295 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of the picks came by the hands Patterson.

The winning boys from the Atlanta area simply had no answer for Hawthorne. The gifted wide out caught eight passes for 159 yards despite a second defender playing over the top on nearly every snap. He also did a fine job from his defensive back position.

Game MVP: Hawthorne in a losing effort.

-- Ronnie Flores

Team Super Speed 27 Team Zoom Blade 12

The winning team from Tampa scored three times in the first half on four-yard TD passes by Aaron Murray, two of them going to Orson Charles.

Murray did throw two interceptions but made up for it with four TD passes. He ended 25 of 41 for 381 yards. Both of Zoom Blade's TDs came on catches by Jazz King on throws from fellow junior Chas Dodd. Just about all of the top players from the Duncan, S.C., team are juniors.

Team Field Generals 26, Team Strike Force 0 Field Generals' QB Matt Barkley completed 20 of 30 passes for 413 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half .

Strike Force's Ken Guiton completed 20 of 37 passes for 309 yards with zero TDs and three interceptions. Ario Winston caught seven of Barkley's passes for 156 yards and a score.

Team Speed TDs 14, Team Super Bad 12 (3 OTs) In the longest game of the Nike 7ON so far, the squad from Long Beach, Calif., answered a Super Bad score in the third overtime with one of its own and then followed with a game-winning two-pointer. Junior Markes Jackson scored the game-winning points on a pass from senior Morgan Fennell after Fennell had thrown a four-yard TD pass to Lazarri Middleton.

Earlier in the third overtime, the club from Monroeville, Pa., took a 12-6 lead on a spectacular leaping catch in the corner of the end zone by Dorian Bell on a 25-yard pass from Rob Kalkstein. On its two-point attempt, however, a pass by Kalkstein was broken up. One of the stars of the game for Team Speed TDs was senior Darius Williams-Fox, who intercepted three passes. First-half TDs were scored by Richard Wheeler of Team Speed TDs (12-yard catch) and Josh Vermeluen of Super Bad (40-yard catch).

Team Merciless 25 Team Vapor Jets 19 (OT)

This exiting game wasn't decided until overtime and it was a heart-breaking setback for the fellas from East St. Louis. It looked like the Vapor Jets had secured victory when star receiver Terry Hawthorne caught a 11-yard pass in the back of the end zone. The Merciless coaching staff argued vehemently that the pass came after the allotted four seconds and after a conference by the referees, the yellow flag came out on that fourth down play.

Energized by the call, Team Merciless came out firing on its first chance from the 25-yard line and quarterback Drew Little found Jamal Patterson open at the 10-yard line. Patterson then spilt two defenders and waltzed into the end zone to break the 19-19 tie and secure the victory for his team.

Little finished the game 22 of 33 passes for 303 yards with four touchdown passes. Patterson was his favorite target, as he caught six passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Vapor Jets' QB Detchauz Wray completed 18 of 35 passes for 295 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of the picks came by the hands Patterson.

The winning boys from the Atlanta area simply had no answer for Hawthorne. The gifted wideout caught eight passes for 159 yards despite a second defender playing over the top on nearly every snap. He also did a fine job from his defensive back position.

-- Mark Tennis

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