Posted by Bryan Fischer
LAS VEGAS - On another dreary day on the campus of UNLV, defending champion Team B2G proved that - especially in Las Vegas - it's hard to knock off the champ. Running the two minute drill to perfection to tie the game, the defending Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 champions pulled out the narrow victory over Keyshawn Johnson's Team 1925 in a thrilling, back and forth game between California based all-star teams.
Following the game-tying touchdown with no time left on the clock, B2G grabbed a quick 10 yard completion to pull out the win in a longest yard-format overtime. The come from behind victory over rival 1925 made holding up the trophy that much sweeter for many on the team.
"it was amazing. To win twice, I feel like this one was even better than last year," Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. "We did so bad yesterday and this is my last time out and I'm going out a winner. I'm going out on top.
"This should have been a TV show."
There were plenty of camera crews in attendance at the popular event but Cope-Fitzpatrick would likely tell them to erase the tape of B2G's round-robin play from Saturday, when the team went 1-3. They ended up seeded 27th out of the event's 34 teams but the talented group of all-stars ended up pulling things together for day two.
Thanks to several great plays from USC-bound wide receiver Jordan Payton early in the game, Team 1925 took a 22-16 lead ahead of B2G's final posession. Though they gave up the game tying touchdown, 1925 almost had a chance to win the game in overtime but highly regarded wide receiver Bryce Treggs couldn't quite get to a deep pass along the sidelines for the win.
"I tried to adjust to it but the wind pushed it a little bit," Treggs said. "You just have to adjust to it, you can't use the wind as an excuse."
B2G ran through their section of the bracket to reach the championship game, finding the end zone with ease using a move-the-chains attack. The impressive play Sunday afternoon was a much different sight from the day before when the team struggled to score offensively.
"We were a lot more focused today. We fixed a lot of the little things, looking the ball in, coverages and everybody's energy was up," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "(Marc Evans) lit it up. Michael Bercovici did the same thing last year."
Evans, a lightly recruited quarterback stole the show from many of his talented teammates. Rarely throwing an incompletion, the 6-foot-2, 210 pounder out of Ventura (Calif.) displayed poise and a strong arm as he led his team to the championship.
"It was really fun out here with all my teammates," Evans said. "All these players are D-1 talent and I can go to any one of them. It's really just what the defense gives me. Just take what they give you because sometimes you don't know what coverage they're going to be in. I always just look for the open man."
Evans played well throughout the day and took the reigns of his team as the only quarterback taking snaps once single elimination play began. He had good touch and was impressive in looking off defenders and going through his progression. The very humble Evans never seemed to get caught up in the moment and came into the day focused on just getting better.
"Mainly working my deep ball," he said. "Quicker release, throwing off my back foot too."
Though Evans does not hold any offers, Cal and Oregon State are among the schools that have showed interest. He plans to unofficially visit the Beavers while they go through spring practice. Likely to receive more attention based on his performance the past two days, Evans is looking for one offer in particular.
"UCLA is probably my main one," he said. "I've always liked them ever since I was a little kid. I went to the Oregon State-UCLA game and I really liked it. I've always wanted to play there."
Based on his performance at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the now championship-caliber signal caller gets his wish.