Pitt 7 on 7 Thoughts
Posted June 23, 2013 7:17 pm
Day 2 of the Pitt 7 on 7 was a well played, competitive, and fun event. Teams were out competing and players were trying to make names for themselves. I tried seeing as many teams as I could, but with so many teams in just one day I did not get a chance to see them all. Regardless, I have many thoughts and players to give “props” to, as players brought intensity to the event.
The three WPIAL teams to win the event were Woodland Hills, New Castle, and Indiana. The way the tournament is set up, there are four different winners, and three of them ended up being teams right from the area.
The first thought of the day that stands out in my mind is Malik Hooker completely dominating the entire day today. Game after game, he made multiple spectacular plays as he proved he was the most dominant player on the field of all teams. He burned players deep, won every jump ball situation, and made the most ridiculous diving catches you would see. There was one instance where he was completely on his back, and tipped the ball to himself while still laying to catch the ball for a 2-point conversion. Hooker was a major reason New Castle was crowned a champion.
Another team that played great throughout the day was Central Catholic. Led by FSU pledge and stud QB, JJ Cosentino, the Vikings went undefeated all day dominating teams until they met Malik Hooker and company in the championship game where they had their first and only loss all day. Cosentino had some help though; wide receivers Johnny Petrishen, Cam Sutherland and runningback Luigi Lista-Brinza made plays throughout the day, helping their team to be runner up finalists.
Another team that won the tournament was Woodland Hills. It seems as though every time they show up to a Pitt 7 on 7 they end up winning it. Led by QB Jeremiah Jones, the sophomore stud helped his team to win one of the four championships. The most dominant player on the team for Woodland Hills was yet another sophomore, this one being Miles Sanders. Sanders played offense and defense for his Wolverines and dominated both sides of the field. Another player for the Wolverines that made spectacular plays was Trevon Mathis. Mathis had the “Moss” of the day when Jones threw up a jumpball between Mathis and two Seton La-Salle DBs, Mathis absolutely towered over both defenders to come down with one of the best catches of the day. One more shout out to Dontae Broadus, as he was making plays all day and had a clutch pick-6 in the championship game over Seton.
Some final shout outs I want to give are to some players/teams that surely deserve it, even though their respected team came up short. Penn Hills athletes Sean Featherstone and Michael Anthony made plays all day before losing in their semi-final round. Featherstone pulled one of the sickest open field spin moves to break a defender’s ankles that left spectators wowed. Anthony probably had the second best “Moss” catch of the day as he showed his vertical is no joke. Seton La-Salle DB James Ross locked people down all day and showed why people should consider him to be an elite DB in the WPIAL. Baldwin and Clairton had the most intense game of the day without question. Dudes were flying everywhere laying out for their team trying to get the W. Baldwin ended up on the winning side after Nick Barca made a game-changing pick-6 as he showed some nice open field moves while doing it. Montour also played great all day before coming up short in the championship. Finally I would like to give a shout out to Indiana. They are a smaller WPIAL team but they ended up being one of the four winners also. Though we didn’t get a chance to catch a full game of theirs, they definitely look like a well-coached team that looks to be a team to compete this year.
It was a great day down Pitt today as players and teams were competing to be crowned champion. For more updates on recruiting, be sure to keep visiting this page at blog.preps.com as we’ll have the most up to date news on recruits.