MESQUITE, NV– Sunday’s Pylon 7v7 Championship at Mesquite, Nevada’s “Mesquite Regional Sports Complex” lived up to all the heightened expectations of the newly branded “Mecca” of 7v7 Tournaments. Team Grind (Black) from Dallas, TX walked away winners after an untimed down touchdown on the game’s final play, sealed the victory over an Heir (Black) 7v7 program out of metro Seattle.
On a third-down play, Heir (Black) leading 14-13 with under a minute to play, seemingly stopped Team Grind as their quarterback Brayden Schager (2021 QB, Highland Park) threw a pass that was deflected and eventually fell to the ground incomplete.
Players from Heir’s Northwest-based program begin to celebrate what they believed to be a championship-winning play, when suddenly whistles began to blow indicating there had been a penalty on the play. The call was a holding infraction on Heir (Black) and it would give Team Grind (Black) an untimed down opportunity to seal the win.
And that’s exactly what they’d do.
Schager, playing in his third year with Team Grind, rolled out right and found a wide receiver open in the back of the end zone for the score to give Team Grind (Black) the 19-14 victory and the Pylon 7v7 Championship crown at ‘The Mecca’.
In disbelief, Heir athletes began walking toward the sidelines as Team Grind’s celebration began in earnest. On the final play, a second consecutive holding penalty was called on Heir but it was declined. Team Grind (Black), literally grinded out a win with a total team effort that balanced their two-day tournament journey to the top.
Team Grind, the Dallas Pylon Champions made a big statement this weekend, proving that they have to be in the discussion for one of the best teams in the country after two huge wins on the circuit during the first half of the off-season.
Heir was led offensively by the dynamic 2021 WR Emeka Egbuka, the five-star wide receiver who put on an absolute show during the entirety of the two-day tournament. He earned Most Valuable Player honors by the assembled media for his performance at The Mecca. As one tweeted Sunday just before the championship’s conclusion, #TheMecca could be dubbed #TheMeka, short for Emeka and the dominant performance he had in Mesquite.
Well done. https://t.co/VnWLFrU279— Pylon 7on7 Football (@Pylon7on7) February 24, 2020
But it was the defensive efforts for Team Grind that made the difference in the championship game and ultimately all tournament.
Defensive player of the game, 2021 DB Jadarius Thursby of Duncanville High School who plays both safety and outside linebacker. His manning of the middle of the field and closing down passing lanes with his speed made Heir quarterback Issac Madrigal have to throw into tight windows.
The two pass deflections Grind achieved on defense during the title game would prove to be the difference as Heir struggled on defense during the championship game.
Schegar then closed the door with a clutch performance and his team danced their way to receive the championship trophy heading back to Texas having conquered The Mecca.