Phoebus wins the 2018 Battlefield Shootout (Photo: Brandon Mitchell/recruit757)
All smiles as Phoebus wins Battlefield Shootout 7-on-7 Football Tournament
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
It was a hot and muggy day at Yorktown High School this past Saturday with no rain threatening to shutdown football festivities. York head football coach Doug Pereira was the master of ceremony for the Battlefield Shootout 7-on-7 Football Tournament which put 16 different teams against one another for a chance to be named the Battlefield Shootout champion. Last year Highland Springs arrived with two teams, but this year traveled light in order to give the junior varsity program a chance to get used to what they will soon see in terms of competition.
The Highland Springs varsity program graciously sat back and allowed the junior varsity program to thrive in a maturing role while Bethel took a page out of the Springers playbook showing up with two teams of their own. The varsity program was led by Tyra Brewington-Parker (2019 RB 6-0 190) who will be elevated to a feature role this upcoming season after splitting time in the backfield with Ki’Sean Storm (2018 RB 5-10 185) last season. The Bruins experienced misfortune in the form of missing the playoffs for the first time in the last four seasons and the first time since William Beverley took over as head coach in 2015.
Be that as it may, the Peninsula District was able to shine on a day where the overall victory was up for grabs by any program that wanted to take it. Coach Jeremy Blunt fielded a team in Phoebus that was thoroughly prepared not only to take whatever any program was throwing, but Jaylen White and the Phantoms offense played lights out football for most of the day. The Phantoms were able to advance to the Championship Bracket where Lake Taylor, Highland Springs (JV) and Salem occupied the other three seedings.
Churchland, Granby, Woodside and Nansemond River were placed in the Gold Bracket after round-robin play while York, Poquoson, Western Branch and Tabb held down the Silver Bracket. Left in the Bronze Bracket was Bethel A and B, Randolph-Henry and West Point.
In the first-round of the Championship Bracket, Lake Taylor and Highland Springs matched up with the Springers scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just seconds left defeating the Titans 21-17. Salem matched up with Phoebus in the second game of the Championship Bracket with the Phantoms doing away with the Sun Devils 25-14. The Springers would eventually match up with Phoebus in the final game of the Championship Bracket where starting quarterback Chris Daniels would have his way with the Highland Springs secondary and linebacker unit.
Phoebus would go on to win the Championship Bracket by a score of 19-4. Dominic Edwards (2019 LB 5-9 215) and the rest of “Big Brother” (Phantoms defense) would end up stopping Highland Springs on every possession allowing no touchdowns for the Springers in the final game. Knocking off Nansemond River to win the Gold Bracket were the Churchland Truckers just a year after finishing the season 1-9 under first-year head coach Dontrell Leonard.
Brick-by-brick the Truckers put together a spectacular showing going 2-1 in round-robin play and putting up at least 30 points twice before heading to the Gold Bracket. However, it would be Phoebus that got the last laugh during an offseason where the Phantoms don’t see these months as a way to rebuild, but more so for to always reload.
“We had some guys out here today that we wanted to establish continuity in the passing game with our quarterback, our new core receivers and our running backs. We wanted to make sure that we were in a position to get a little more extra work in and this helps to provide that”, Coach Blunt stated.
Getting most of the repetitions on offense for the Phantoms was starting quarterback Chris Daniels (2020 QB 6-0 175) who was able to better his timing with Jaylen White (2020 RB 5-10 172), Dalon Dixon (2019 WR 6-2 198) and Zion Ervin (2020 WR 5-9 163) among a few others. Suiting up, but not playing with the Phantoms on Saturday morning was Corey Wilson (2020 FS 6-1 180), Latrelle Smith (2019 DB 5-10 175) and Thailand Baldwin (2020 DB 6-1 174).
– Brandon Mitchell
You’ll see more content from this event in the coming days including video interviews with the coaches and players from Phoebus, Churchland, Woodside and Bethel, plus a photo gallery from early action. – AH