7v7 Tournament: EForce Football Oregon Memorial Day Invitational
May 28, 2016 – The Rise Football c/o 2020 team made the trip down I-5 from Puyallup, WA with the greatest expectations. After all, they’d finished 3rd in April’s IMG qualifier in Kent, WA, barely losing to eventual winner and OR Invitational hosts EForce Football the month before. They’d improved with every tournament since the Pylon Las Vegas tournament in March, where they started slow, but showed well on Day 2.
In Oregon, the Rise kids showed those expectations were warranted, rolling through the pool play and elimination rounds that set up a meeting with EForce in the tournament final.
And the Winner Is….
In the end, Rise Football emerged victorious, going 7-0 in the tournament and posting a 24-14 win over EForce and avenging the Oregon squad’s win in the Rise hosted Northwest Showcase Tournament the previous month.
6’2″ 2020 QB Jack Hanisch more than lived up to his reputation, dropping dimes all day. Whether he was threading lasers into impossibly tight windows between defenders, or dropping them out of the sky from more than 40 yards away, he hit about every pass during the day.
His receivers showed their appreciation, plucking footballs out of the air, and ripping them from defenders’ hands. The team brought only 9 members, meaning most did duty on both sides of the ball the entire day. It didn’t matter, as they posted an incredible performance on defense as well.
Tournament defensive MVP Alex Rogers (#12) came from the Rise squad and was everywhere, totalling 7 INTs on the day.
WR/LB Chase Wittmers (#18)was grabbing interceptions and passes all tournament long, pulling down 4 INTs, breaking up several other passes and leaping over defenders to make some of the day’s most awe-inspiring catches as a WR on offense.
Other 2-way Players to Note:
Super quick, blue-gloved LB/WR Malakai Roberson (#24) picked off 2 passes at the line of scrimmage from his linebacker spot, and made plenty of fantastic catches, including a spectacular grab on a long pass late in the championship final game.
Jasaiah Snow-Marshall (#11) has been a top performer for the team all season long, dating to their appearance in the NW Elite tournament during Jan and Feb. Snow, as he’s known, made a plethora of excellent catches and was all over the field on defense.
While he didn’t play much on defense, WR Michael Faber (#5) made what was perhaps the catch of the day, a running 1-handed grab on what became both a 40 yard TD and the go-ahead score in the championship final game against eForce. It was his 2nd TD catch in the championship game, pulling in his first on a shallow cross for the game’s first score.
Rise Football Oregon Invitational Championship Final Game Highlights
Tournament Elimination Round Highlights
Elimination Game 1
Elimination Game 2