Fairview High School’s team that won the Broncos’ 7-on-7 tournament in June recently claimed thrid place in the NFL’s 2013 High School Player Development 7-on-7 National Tournament. Here is a recap from that event by Nikki Sullivan.
Fairview High School was one of 32 teams to compete in the NFL’s 2013 High School Player Development 7-on-7 National Tournament in Cleveland, OH from July 11th to July 13th.
Every NFL market was represented and the Knights earned their spot in the competition by winning the Third Annual Broncos High School 7-on-7 Tournament in June.
Fairview was one of 64 Colorado high school teams to compete for the opportunity to represent the Broncos at the national tournament. Among the local schools that Fairview defeated were Cherokee Trail, D’Evelyn, and last year’s Broncos 7-on-7 winner, Horizon. Fairview played its final game of the Broncos 7-on-7 Tournament at the Broncos Training Facility on June 22nd against Legacy High School and defeated the Lightning 47-17 to win the tournament.
The Knights, led by Coach Tom McCartney and Assistant Coach Ben Lewien, were given cleats, Broncos branded uniforms, gloves, and backpacks upon their arrival in Cleveland. Twelve players — Anders Hill, Robert Johnson, Owen Harris, Samuel Martin, Jonathan Swartzwelter, Daniel Hoskins III, Trevor Cates, Savoy Smith, Steven Depagnier, John Feauto, Carlo Kemp and Avery Cantrell — were chosen to represent Fairview. These players participated in character development courses throughout the tournament, including breakout sessions, speaker series and group activities.
“The NFL really sent the right messages about character development and education,” McCartney said. “Both on the field and off the field, the bar was really high.”
All 32 teams competed in a round-robin format at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility prior to being seeded to play in an elimination tournament. Play began on Thursday, July 11th, and the Knights edged out the Chiefs for a 21-20 opening game victory.
The Knights continued in round-robin play against the Chargers and were defeated 31-17. However, Fairview came back to win their next two games and defeated the Raiders (20-17) and the Seahawks (37-20). The Knights played their next game against the Cardinals and lost 21-41, which concluded the first day of the tournament.
On Friday, July 12th, it was clear that the Knights were determined to win. Fairview quickly bounced back from their previous loss and won their final two games of pool play against the Rams (24-14) and the 49ers (34-21).
“Every single member of the team contributed,” McCartney said. “The star of the team is the team, and we ought to believe in our team. We wanted to stick together to overcome any adversity. Our losses behind us, we knew that when we execute, we can do some really big things.”
The Knights then began single elimination play against San Diego and crushed the Chargers 38-14. Fairview advanced to play the Chiefs and secured the win over Kansas City 24-21 to win the AFC West.
In the final eight, Fairview defeated the AFC South champion, the Titans, 31-21. The Knights then advanced to the Final Four where they competed against the Dolphins, the four-time HSPD 7-on-7 defending champion. Fairview finished third in the tournament after a loss to the Dolphins (38-21).
Throughout the tournament, the Knights won eight of eleven games and won the AFC West division.
“I would hope our young men realize that we went against some of the best in the nation,” McCartney said. “I hope they take that momentum and rest assured that we can compete with the best.”
Congratulations to Fairview High School on their outstanding performance.
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