A week ago NWPR covered the Battle for Seattle 7 on 7 tournament and this weekend we were here in Portland covering the Rose City Rumble! Both events went very well and represent the first 7 on 7 events we have covered in recent years; something we did because the guys at Barton Football accepted the Challenge of putting all of our boys in the Gamebreaker Helmet. This is something that has to be mandatory from here on out – truly it does. At both of these events I can say we saw serious collisions where no doubt the helmets made a huge difference. The idea is to protect the athlete #1 and #2 save the game of football and our coaches and school districts from serious litigation that is mounting. See more on this Topic and how you can help here.
“It was a great day and a great event,” said Camp Director Alex Brink. “We lost 4 or 5 teams once the OSAA stated that by wearing the protective helmets we would be starting the 10 day contact period for schools but we have no regrets. Putting safety first and leading in this area was a proud moment for all of us involved.”
With 8 teams in total and a hot and muggy day the event rolled out and the competition was fierce. Younger teams battled teams loaded with collegians. Isaiah Molden and Brady Breeze both have handfuls of offers and yet there they were playing with the 503 Elite squad comprised of incoming Freshmen. The young talent at the event was eye popping to say the least. Other top talent in the house made some real noise including:
- Trevon Bradford – Oregon City -WR/KR OSU Commit- 2016
- Samori Toure – Westview – WR / Safety Air Force Offer- 2016
- Anthony Adams- Newberg – 2017 – Athlete
- David Morris – Sherwood – 2017- WR / Safety / RB
- Isaia Mullen – Madison – 2017 – WR
- Chase Cota – South Medford – WR – 2018
- Mike Irwin – Mountain View – Bend – QB – 2017
- Alex Stickel – Sunset – DB/Athlete – 2016
- Rey Green – Evergreen (WA) – RB/Ath – 2016
- Makai Manuwai – South Medford- DL/LB/FB – 2016 – Columbia Offer
- Connor Laverty – TE / WR -Westview – 2016
- Justin Altenhofen – Wilsonville (Or) – ATH – 2017
- Jayden Proctor – David Douglas – WR- 2017
- Wyatt Harsh – QB – Woodland (WA) – 2018
- Jason Rucker – Westview – Safety/ ATH 2017
- Donte Hamilton- Kamiak HS (WA) – Safety / RB 2017
- Darien Williams – Lincoln HS (WA) – DB/ATH – 2017
- Tony Archie – Lincoln HS (WA) – WR/DB – 2017
- Alvin Johnson – Lincoln HS (WA) – WR / DB – 2017
- Dionte’ Simon – Lincoln HS (WA) – WR/RB/ATH- 2017
- Brandon Bea – Evergreen (WA) – QB- 2017
- Others to be identified coming this week-
Of this bunch all can play collegiate football; some at the Pac 12 level and others in the lower levels. Many more on the field at the Rose City Rumble will get their shot. Mostly it was a chance to improve, to get reps, to work on routes and coverage, and for the QB’s a chance to move the chains and win. In the end it was QB Mike Irwin of Mountain View in Bend, Oregon that proved he has the real stuff to be great at the next level. He made the throws, lead the team, executed on plays, and he was poised. He was the Conference Offensive player of the year and for good reason.
Maybe the biggest surprise of the day was the appearance out of nowhere of Isaia Mullen of Madison High in Oregon. Basically at 6’3″ and great hands the kid can flat out play. He made catch after catch and showed great focus. He played in 8th grade before falling off the map – Madison has had a real struggle just keeping a team on the field. Enter Coach Don Johnson fresh off his stint at Evergreen in Vancouver and Milwaukie before that. Don has a nose of talent and getting talent to step up. If Coach Johnson can keep this young man focused and doing well in school we may have the makings of a Pac 12 level wide receiver in the PIL again.
Below you will find almost 300 pics and some Video of the Camp. We ask you to SHARE, Like Us On FB, and Tag yourselves and your players here so we may track more of them in the coming months. Overall the Rose City Rumble was a great event and accomplished many goals at the same time.
Good event- good time by all!