CORAL SPRINGS - It made too much sense that this past Saturday’s 11th Annual Coach Mac National High School 7-on-7 football tournament would come down to two schools less than five miles from Mullins Park.
When Coconut Creek beat rival Coconut Creek Monarch in the finals of the yearly event, it meant bragging rights for a Cougar team that has taken a backseat to the 4M Knights with news in the off-season.
With Monarch adding a number of players – coupled with the fact that several of their prospects are getting local, regional, state and national attention, Coconut Creek felt it had something to prove, and from start to finish, this team showcased some impressive talent as they look to make a dent in a competitive Class 3M.
On Saturday, this program had the chance to showcase some impressive talent – some that have been on the radar screen – while others were being introduced for the first time.
The schedule will be challenging with a trip to Gainesville, Georgia as well as home games against Plantation, Deerfield Beach and national powerhouse Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
WHO MADE AN IMPACT ON SATURDAY
Among those players who stepped up were quarterbacks James Hayes and Javaris Jones, running back Jamarie Hostclaw as well as Jordan Thompson and Germaine Gordon.
Impressive senior Eirik Simmons III turned heads all day as a receiver. He was indeed someone that the Cougars will need this coming season.
Other receivers included Godson Sinelien, Semaj Wallace, Djovany Dominique and Isaiah Calixte.
Defensive backs Elijah Cannon, Hyjah Miller, Demaree Petit-Blanc and Raymond Jackson are special. So are Keyon Hostclaw and Keon Roy and Ja’Har Brown.
Keep an eye on linebackers Damaine Wilson and Kevonta Williams as well as Elijah Calixte.
MONARCH CAME READY TO PLAY
When football fanatics look at some of the top programs to watch in 4M this coming season, head coach Calvin Davis and the Monarch Knights are certainly a team to keep an eye on.
Even though they lost in the finals, they were well represented. Among those quality prospects included UMass quarterback commit A.J. Hairston, sophomore nationally regarded receiver Jabari Brady, one of the top junior receivers in the country Samari Reed, senior receiver Clayton Cannon II and senior cornerback Kevin Powell.
In addition, senior cornerback L.J. Muff and junior safety Jaleel Waters were also responsible for getting the team all the way to the finals.
In addition to Coconut Creek and Monarch, the event also attracted Miami-Dade schools Miami Jackson, Miami Sunset and Miami Dr. Krop.
Broward programs Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, Hollywood South Broward, Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Davie Nova, Parkland Douglas, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, South Plantation, Coral Springs Taravella and Plantation also came to fill out a quality field.
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