If you needed any further proof that high school football is becoming a year-round sport, all you had to do was to spend this past weekend in Lake Barrington.
The BG2 Midwest Elite 16-team 7-on-7 tournament, held at the Lake Barrington Field House, wrapped up on Sunday as Deerfield-based Core6 Red defeated the Core6 White team, 22-20, in overtime to capture the tournament title. Both Core6 Red and White teams also secured bids to the BG2 National Super 8 National tournament to be held in Los Angeles on the weekend of May 3-4.
While Core6 held the top top spots in the final game, getting to the final matchup wasn't easy for either team. In the semifinal round, Core6 White defeated Chicago-based Made Athletes 8-4 while Core6 Red hung on to defeat the Michigan Elite Red team on a last-second defensive stop by Core 6 for the 28-26 win. Core6 Red's WR Flynn Nagel (Lemont) was named as the tournament's Offensive MVP, while DB Titus Booker (Grayslake North) was named as the Defensive MVP.
Several teams represented Illinois and Chicagoland besides the Core6 teams (four teams), Midwest Boom (three teams), North Shore Elite, Made Athletes along with TopGun (two teams). The Chicagoland-based teams also had several top prospect to watch form the Class of 2015/2016 and 2017.
Core6 Red featured Champaign Centennial QB Jimmy Fitzgerald (Illinois commit) along with the likes of Providence Catholic 2015 WR Miles Boykin, Nagel, Booker, plus Montini Catholic WR Leon Thornton, Maroa-Forsyth OLB Jack Hockaday, along with a deep list of prospects to watch on the remaining Core 6 teams.
Midwest Boom roster also features Naperville Central and Iowa State commit LB Bobby McMillen along with DeKalb RB Dre Brown (Illinois) plus Lake Park DB Antonio Shenault.
Made Athletes featured a handful of Oak Lawn Richards standouts in 2015 WR Spencer Tears, QB Hasan Muhammed-Rogers and DB Ryan Willett plus Bloom Township LB Kyle Pugh. Tears has multiple scholarship offers this spring while Pugh added his first offer from NIU on Friday.
North Shore Elite key player was Warren tight end Caleb Reams while Top Gun Gold also featured Hales Franciscan DB Patrick Nelson. Reams has early offers so far from Colgate and Toledo, while Nelson has offers so far from Central Michigan and Indiana.