DR7 Road To The Crown made it’s way back to Texas, with a stop in Plano this weekend. The 14U division started out pool play on Saturday with some performances by players who will be Friday night stars in the near future. Here are several players who were key contributors early during pool play.
Buck Randall |Quarterback | Class of 2027 | 5’10 160 | 7v7: Texas Epic Nitro | Highland Park High School
Randall plays at level beyond his years. Buck has a quick release, he can make any throw on the route tree with laser like accuracy and he displays a high football IQ that enables him to make the correct reads. Randall lead the Nitro offense during pool play, putting up 75 points and they were unblemished on Saturday. Randall has a bright future as he takes his talents to Highland Park High School in 2023.
Luc Jacquemard | Wide Receiver | Class of 2026 | 5’9 145 | 7v7: Texas Epic Nitro | Southlake Carroll High School
Luc has an explosive burst off the line of scrimmage, he gets in and out of his breaks quickly and he has the ability to make catches in traffic routinely. He is a hands catcher of the football, Luc tracks the football well and he has the speed to get deep and stretch the field. Jacquemard hopped on the defensive side for Nitro and had a pick six during pool play. Luc is a playmaker for Nitro to keep an eye on as they head into “Crown Sunday”.
Tristan Beal | Quarterback| Class of 2026 | 5’10 160 | 7v7: West Texas Elite | Abilene High
Beal stands tall in the pocket, he uses his hips well to drive the football into tight windows and he has a quick release that allows him to get rid of the football quickly. Tristan has the arm strength to drive the football downfield and has excellent touch on his deep ball. Beal was a steady force for West Texas Elite during pool play on Saturday.
Slade Russell | Wide Receiver | Class of 2027 | 6’0 165 | 7v7: West Texas Elite | West Plains High School
Russell has a long, athletic frame, he has an extended catch radius that enables him to win on the 50/50 jump ball and he attacks the football with a purpose when the football is thrown his way. His body control, along with his ability to leap over defenders, made him a valuable target in the redzone on several big grabs. Look for Russell to continue to be a mismatch heading into “Crown Sunday”.
Trey Loston | Wide Receiver | Class of 2026 | 5’6 145 | 7v7: 318 Hotboyz | Captain Shreve High School (Louisiana)
Trey has a stout, compact build and a thick powerful lower trunk. Loston has a quick first step, he is shifty in the open field, which enables him to get open early and often. Trey works the middle of the field like a veteran and understands how to find windows within a defense to get open. Loston helped lead the 318 Hotboyz to a 2-1 record during pool play.
Chase Williams | Quarterback | Class of 2027 | 7v7: 318 Hotboyz | Airline High School (Louisiana)
Williams plays with a calm, cool demeanor, he sees he field well, which allowed him to distribute the football to his receivers on time and his quick release enabled him to be accurate on his short to intermediate throws. Chase has quiet footwork in the pocket, he gets his shoulders squared up to his target and he was able to make throws into small windows routinely. Williams will be a key cog for the Hotboyz offense on “Crown Sunday”.