Rise Football Freshman Team Wins the 2017 NW Showcase 7v7
NFA7v7 is one of the nation’s leading 7v7 organizations. Their season culminates in the IMG Academy (yes, THAT IMG Academy) National 7v7 Championship in Brandenton Florida. Getting there requires teams fight their way through one of the national qualifying tournaments scattered throughout the country.
The NW regional IMG championship qualifier is the NW Showcase 7v7 Tournament, presented by Rise Football. Rise kicked off the inaugural version of the event April 2016 at the same stadium: Kent, WA’s French Field. French is a 3,600 capacity high school stadium 25 miles south east of Seattle.
The boys from Rise Football had their sights set on a Florida trip in mid-June. That meant 2 days of intense competition with some of the best 7v7 teams in the northwest. Last year, it came down to 2 of the top programs as well; Bellevue, WA based Ford Sports Performance (FSP) vs E-Force Football, from the Portland, OR suburb of Clackamas.
The Rise boys got some revenge when they traveled down I-5 on Memorial Day weekend and took the inaugural Oregon Invitational Memorial Day 7v7 Tournament, hosted by EForce Football. Rise went an undefeated 7-0 on the day to take the OIM title.
Repeat NW Showcase 7v7 Winner?
E-Force took the trophy with them back down the I-5 to Portland. That was last year. This year, the Rise boys, who lost in 2016 to finalists FSP in an exciting semi-finals OT game, had more focus, and another year of working together. They are largely the same players as last year’s team, and have showed dramatic improvement since the 2016 Las Vegas Pylon Tournament in March.
The 2 day NW Showcase tournament has teams play a series of games on day 1 to set the seeding for day 2’s single elimination bracket games. Rise entered the bracket as the undefeated 1 seed, looking to prove something.
Sibling Rivalry in the Semis
Entering the bracket semi final games Rise Freshman faced their “little brothers”, the vaunted Rise Football middle school team, one of the nation’s best. QB Jake Sype is one of the country’s best young signal callers, displaying leadership and decision making skills well ahead of his years.
After a tight start, the freshman pulled away, although it proved to be one of their weekend’s most difficult contests. They had a finals berth! The only question… Who would they face?
7v7 Tournament Finals Rise Football Freshman vs EForce Select
Rise’s 6’4″ / 195lb 2020 QB Jack Hanisch (Peninsula HS) can sling it short and long, makes good decisions, and has one of the best freshman receiver corps on the west coast to target.
Malaki Roberson #24 (GKHS) is a super quick, athletic receiver with hops and a great set of hands who fights for the football. He’s just as dangerous after the catch, maybe more.
Jasiah Snow-Marshall #11 (Lincoln HS) feasts on the deep ball. He’s got speed for days, is 6’2″ and has excellent ball sense. With his speed, he’s a huge threat in the open field once he has the ball in his hands, which are excellent.
Michael Faber #7 (KRHS) uses his speed, length (almost 6’2″, with long arms), and excellent route running to create catch plentiful opportunities, that his terrific hands can take advantage of. They do, on routes short and long, inside and out.
Chase Wittmers #9 (PenHS) is fast, big, and knows how to get his hands on the football, whether that means leaping high in the air, or fighting for it in traffic against even the most talented DBs. He’s also Hanish’s teammate at Peninsula HS.
The Rise defense has been lock down all 7v7 season, and they continued that trend against EForce in the NW Showcase final. They forced several 4 second sacks, as their were simply no open receivers to throw to. They also tallied 3 interceptions, 2 by safety Alex Rogers (#12) (FWHS) who’s a always terror for opponents.
In NFA7v7 the defense has ample scoring opportunities, with a defensive stop scoring 2 points and an interception being worth 3. Rise’s 3 interceptions gave them 9 points, about half their margin of victory.
2017 NW Showcase 7v7 Tournament Final Score
- Rise Football 36
- EForce Football 22
Media was plentiful at the tournament. Under the Radar Sports Media was there covering the event, along with Scout and the Seattle Times.
Under the Radar’s highlight video is below. UTR did it in HD, so hit the arrows to watch it in full screen.
— UnderTheRadar NW (@UTRNorthwest) April 15, 2017