MATTHEWS, NC- It was a hot but productive day for Oakland, Mt. Juliet and Whitehaven here at the Powerade 7 on 7 Invitational.
Oakland, a 2017 Class 6A Semifinalist won the Strawberry Lemonade pool with a 5-1-1 record while Mt. Juliet finished fifth in the Lemon Lime pool and finished with a 3-4 record, while Whitehaven finished fifth in the Mountain Blast pool with a 3-4 record as well.
As luck would have it, Whitehaven and Mt. Juliet will play at 8:30 am Saturday morning in the double elimination tournament while Oakland will play Bishop Sullivan (VA) at 9 am.
Oakland defeated Bishop Sullivan 22-16 in pool play on Friday.
All three Volunteer state teams finished pool play on a high note with some momentum for Saturday as all three won as Oakland beat Kenton (OH) 27-22, Mt. Juliet defeated Hough (NC) 31-12 and Whitehaven outlasted Johns Creek (GA) 23-20.
The Patriots got productive days from quarterback Brevin Linnell (84 for 117 for 21 touchdowns and only one interception), Oklahoma commitment Woodi Washington (7 receiving TDs), Justin Jefferson (6 receiving TDs) while DeArre McDonald intercepted two passes on defense.
“It’s productive because we get to work on getting better with a lot of reps and playing some of best teams in the nation doesn’t hurt and gives you players some confidence going into the season,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said.
Mt. Juliet started the day off with a win over Louisville Male 17-10 and despite the 3-4 record got good production from junior wide receiver Malik Bowen and senior quarterback Alvin Mixon on offense and senior defensive back Michael Ruttlen, Cage Ellis and linebacker Jayce Pardue all played well on defense.
“Playing in this setting is really cool because you see a lot of different things and some good players and teams and when your guys make plays it gives them confidence that they belong,” Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry said.
Whitehaven had a rough start to the morning as they were 0-3 to start the morning losing 31-19 to Vero Beach, (FL), 33-6 to Northwestern (SC) and 32-8 to Hickory Ridge (NC), but was able to finish strong winning three of their last four games after lunch beating Bluefield (WV) 21-19 on a late defensive stop, Hoggard (NC) 27-8 and Johns Creek 23-20.
“This is a chance to build some team cohesion by getting great repetitions in the passing game on both sides of the ball, its also against great competition and exposure to teams from across the country and it’s also a great opportunity to see what we need to work on and to execute offensively and defensively,” Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry said.
The Tigers got productive days from big tight end Cormontae Hamilton, South Carolina commitment Keveon Mullins and Yuri Carpton at wide receiver while juniors Bryson Eason and Martavius French played well defensively.
Beat Woodrow Wilson (NJ) 24-18
Tied Berkeley (SC) 27-27
Beat Butler (NC) 21-12
Beat Bishop Sullivan 22-16
Lost to Weddington (NC) 19-16
Beat Meridian (MS) 35-15
Beat Kenton (OH) 27-22
Mt. Juliet (3-4)
Beat Louisville Male (KY) 17-10
Lost to Cedar Grove (GA) 20-18
Lost to Highland Springs (VA) 26-11
Lost to Rock Hill (SC) 20-10
Beat Phillips (IL) 12-10
Lost to Summerville (SC) 27-5
Beat Hough (NC) 31-12
Lost to Vero Beach (FL) 31-19
Lost to Northwestern (SC) 33-6
Lost to Hickory Ridge (NC) 32-8
Beat Bluefield (WV) 21-19
Beat Hoggard (NC) 27-8
Lost to Phoebus (VA) 23-5
Beat Johns Creek (GA) 23-20
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