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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Legacy 7 v 7 Statewide League Week 1 Recap





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The Legacy 7 v 7 Statewide League wrapped up it's first week with little drama as 5 teams went a perfect 3-0.  The schedule situation is simple, 4 teams play one another in a block of approximately 90 minutes.  So there are 5 blocks with 20 teams included.

Legacy Navy which are the defending champs pull their talent from all over had Lansing Catholic 2018 Mike Lynn selected as their MVP.  Lynn throws the ball very well and his strength is definitely accuracy and decision making.  Lynn favorite target was former high school teammate, Lansing Sexton 2018 Slot Cody Blankenburg who is a great athlete with insane agility and speed.  Divine Child 2018 QB Theo Day is flying up recruiting boards and it should come to no surprise as he has a cannon arm and quick release.  Day had a drive at one point where he drove the team downfield and in the red zone, his receivers dropped 3 consecutive passes that were in both of their hands.

Legacy White was another who went 3-0 and pulls their talent from all over the state.  Wyandotte Roosevelt 2018 Rich Miller was selected as their MVP as the Bears signal caller was pinpoint accurate and has good arm strength to turn in a good day.  Defensively Saint Johns 2019 LB Konnor Near moves very well at 6'1" 195 lbs and was all over the field, as the MLB.  The development of a LB's coverage skills are vital, so it was a great performance by Neer.

Legacy's Kalamazoo team was strong with a 3-0 record that was full of big plays.  South Christian 2017 WR Brady Vis who signed with Concordia, Ann Arbor is bigger and stronger now as a Senior and it was apparent as few defensivebacks could match-up with him.  Vis came down with a tough touchdown catch in traffic to highlight his night.  Watervliet 2018 QB/RB Zack Pickens led an air assault that featured 11 players with a completion and 5 different players scoring touchdowns.  Wyoming Tri-unity 2018 DB Brandon Sherrod had several nice plays defensively, but came away with a stretched out interception that put an exclamation mark on the night for K-Zoo.

Legacy's Red East team which is primarily Oakland County players turned in a huge performance to start off the league as they were on one of the first teams to play and got the league off on a good note.  Clarkston 2019 LB/WR Max Nicklin had 3 interceptions including a key 1 handed interception and caught 3 passes on offense. Clarkston 2018 LB/TE Zach Scott was also selected as a top performer as the Wolves big target was all over making plays.  Clarkston 2018 WR/CB Spencer Lenardson had 6 catches on the day.  Recent Clarkston to  Goodrich 2019 QB Jacob Wagner throws well placed and accurate passes.  Mount Morris 2020 WR/DB James Wilborn is definitely someone who could be breaking out soon, it was our first time seeing him and he impressed.

Canada's Bridging The Gap A went 3-0 behind a plethora of big plays.  We aren't familiar enough to say much more about the players and their strong performances Saturday, except Kaine Stevenson was selected as A teams MVP and B team who went 1-2 was Elisha Bylthe.  Bridging The Gap is loaded with raw talent and they make a lot of big plays with their athleticism and size.

Legacy's White West team dropped their game to Legacy Navy, but is one of the most loaded teams and will be in the thick of things for the playoffs.  A QB contingent of. Northwestern commit, Rockford 2018 QB Jason Whittaker and Muskegon 2018 QB Ladarius Jefferson are strong armed Quarterbacks who make the deep and short throws at will.  Jefferson later worked out as a TE and caught a pass downfield.  Muskegon Catholic Central 2020 ATH Cameron Martinez was selected as teams MVP as he's far more athletic and faster than many DB's.  It's freighting for opponents in pads and out who need to the defend him the next 3 years.  Defensively White West has a few Rockford Rams who lead the charge, Rockford 2018 DB/WR Jake McLean and Rockford 2018 CB/SS Marcus Remtema who are contrasting styles, but work well together.

Legacy's Black East team was very young last year, but returned a lot and added several players from Detroit Central.  Central 2018 WR/CB Darrius Adkins is an elusive speedster who was a big play threat every time the ball was thrown to him.

WR Nation led by Greg Fitzpatrick has 2 phenomenal QB's in Walled Lake Western 2019 QB Sam Johnson III who holds 12 offers and Bloomfield Hills 2018 QB John Paddock.  The MVP selected was Walled Lake Western 2018 WR/S Justin Thomas who is a strong vertical threat, but can work short routes well too.

Michigan Next Level / 1Nation has a nice squad again from all over the area.  River Rouge 2019 WR/S Daraun Mckinney transferred from Melvindale this year and was lights out as a defensive back.   Cranbrook-Kingswood 2018 QB Trevor McConnell got some playing time last year and is a strong armed and poised QB, who we expect to have a few more big weeks in the league and in the Fall.

Legacy White West - Michigan Next Level all went 2-1

Legacy's Flint team went 1-2, but with Fenton 2018 QB Josh Czarnota and Flushing 2018 QB Cal Endicott you should be seeing more wins in the future, starting next week for Flint.

Legacy's Green West team looked better than 1-2 record showed,  Montague 2018 QB/SS Cameron Tanner performed well at Safety as he flew all over on defense with several big plays.

Both of Saginaw's teams, Maroon and White went 1-2.  For the Maroon team, recent SVSU signee, Saginaw MLS 2017 S/WR Casey Williams was a monster as he continuously had big play pass break ups.  Carrollton 2018 WR/CB Ovauntay Vickers was another big play threat for Maroon as his length and speed caused opponents problems.

Saginaw's White team MVP was Chesaning 2019 WR/DB Brady Frasier was an instinctive and fast DB who was flying around.  The Chemics have something coming up in their system as Midland 2019 WR/FS Carter Grove was one of the biggest standouts the entire day.  The 6'1" 190 pounder looks taller and bigger than that, but moves great and went up and got several tough grabs.

Both of Michigan Elite's A and B teams went 1-2.  Renaissance 2019 LB/DE Dakarai Washington is a big kid who still moves well in coverage, he was selected as MVP.  Also a team MVP was Brother Rice 2018 RB Jack Moran who sparked Elite's offense alongside Chippewa Valley 2019 QB Tommy Schuster.  University of Detroit Jesuit 2017 TE Xavier Rice was near unstoppable when he played as he visited Ohio Wesleyan the day before 7 on 7, but has yet to make a decision.

Legacy Lansing went 0-3.  Lansing Sexton 2018 OLB/WR Karl Brooks at 6'4" is definitely someone to look out for as he's a big play threat with a lot of physical tools.  Lumen Christi 2018 CB/RB Sebastian Toland is another good athlete who is strong in coverage and came away with a few interceptions.  Ovid-Elsie 2018 QB Gage Palus and Lansing Everett 2018 WR/RB Dae'kuan Hallums were also standouts.

Legacy Detroit shockingly fell 0-3, but will be back strong with a solid performance that had Fordson 2018 RB/LB Ahmed Sabbagh selected as the teams MVP.  Wisconsin commit, River Rouge 2018 S Reggie Pearson did well in covering.  Offensively, Detroit King 2019 ATH RayShawn Williams and River Rouge 2018 TE Lee Payton stood out as well.

Legacy Macomb made their debut, but had problems moving the ball.  Defensively, Macomb was more in sync with LB's Romeo 2019 LB/RB Brock Horne who recorded a Safety and interception.  Chippewa Valley 2018 WR Jon'Naize Owens was selected as the squads MVP.

Legacy Gray went 0-3 and their MVP was Detroit Catholic Central Nick Rood.  Navy has several young and inexperienced players who we look forward to seeing their growth during the season.


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