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Best of the 757 : Odds Ends

The
2014 Best of the 757 Football Showcase is in the books and there were a
number of standout players who put their names on our radar screens
including several Kecoughtan Warriors who dominated the day.
Additionally, a potential big-time prospect may have emerged from
Norfolk Academy in offensive lineman David McCormack.
Today, we wrap up our extensive coverage of the event with some odds
and ends...
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Triggermen

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was not an overly deep group of quarterbacks, but
three stood out in Indian
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River's Jalen
Williams, First Colonial freshman Scotty
Watson and Norfolk Academy's Allan
Parrott (pictured).

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many young quarterbacks, Watson has to work on some of his
reads and accuracy in traffic, but put nice spin on the ball and made a
handful
of quality throws from the pocket. 
As
Watson gets bigger and puts weight on, his upside could be mighty good.
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they can groom
under center.

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displayed good drop-backs, though his deep
ball was a smidge wobbly and had a downward release. 
He also made several throws with adequate zip.

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was the most polished of the three in his
delivery, even though the ball didn't jump out of his hand with quite
the same
velocity as Williams or Watson.

 

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Kempsville

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Kempsville, Jake
Owens (6-foot-3, 215-pounds) has some H-Back/tight
end type of skills t
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his game and he has the versatility to line-up and be a contributor at
wide receiver
or linebacker as well.  He
catches just
about everything and is not afraid to go over the middle at all.
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too.  Look for him
to be a big-play threat for the
Chiefs.
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in the trenches
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a bunch of skill position players that will give opponents in the
Peninsula
District problems next year.  To
reach
their goal of a state title, they'll need the guys in the trenches to
be sound
and one of the main components returning is starter Treielle
Pearson, a standout at the Best of the 757. 
Pearson had a couple of great bull-rush moves
from the d-line spot.  When
he flipped
over to blocking, he used his hands and feet properly to keep his
defender at
bay.

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who had a key sack in the team's playoff win
over Denbigh last November to help thwart a Patriots comeback, doesn't
have the
traditional frame (5-foot-10, 248-pounds) that the next-level programs
covet, yet makes up
for it with grit and spirit.

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Sartain
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Great Bridge - - Definitely one of the better
linebackers in the camp.  He
was Second
Team All-PenSouth Conference at both tight end and linebacker a year
ago, and you can tell
he's got a nose for the ball, and looked more seasoned than others out
there.  Nine
tackles, including seven
solo, in the playoff game loss to Hampton, proving to be one of the
better
players on the field.

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Chase
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Great Bridge - - Pretty good hands, raw, moves
fairy well, probably needs to add some nastiness but
the upside is there. As he continues to work at his craft, he
could develop into a scholarship guy.

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Murphy
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Great Bridge - - Has good size and can be a key cog in the
trenches but he'll need to continue working on  footwork and
speed.

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Flug
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Atlantic Shores - - Though he got a little 'handsy' on some reps, he's
got a good frame and a strong competitive streak. As he continues to
mature, adding strength, he'll be able to hold his position
better. 

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Wallace
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Indian River - - As a wideout, he has a chance to
cash in on the new spread system and be a factor. 
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looks like he can be developed into a solid player.

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