Team Washington got off to a tough start, losing their first game to team Idaho. The game was close throughout but Washington had real trouble finding a rhythm on offense. The final score was 14-0 Idaho; thankfully it wasn’t an indication of how the rest of the day would turn out.
Washington knocked the goose egg off the board early in their second match against a team from California. They led by two scores for most of the game and ended up giving up a late touchdown. Final score: Washington 12- California (#9) 8.
Quarterback Trey Wheeler kept his hot hand into the next game and the defense followed suit with stingy play. The third game was the easiest and most impressive for the team. Rahmel Dockery had the play of the day with an amazing catch in the end zone, tapping his toes in bounds before falling out. Washington dominated California (#10) 22-7.
Team Washington had a chance to lock up the top spot in their grouping with a win in the fourth game. They faced off against another California (#11) team that was probably the most talented of the day. Washington jumped out to an early lead and hung on at the end to secure a 14-6 win.
MVP: Jake Bainton
Bainton (Liberty HS) was the best player on both sides of the ball for Washington. He picked off three passes from the safety position, refusing to allow big plays over the top. On offense he was the favorite target of Wheeler. Jake even caught the eye of some of our national scouts with two amazing one handed catches and his continual ability to use his size to block out smaller corners. Bainton was a top 5 WR at the camp today and is likely headed for the all-tournament team if his play can continue tomorrow.
QB- Wheeler’s only struggles on the day were in game one, but the entire team started slow. Once he had a game behind him Wheeler was unstoppable. He converted nearly 75% of his passes, going perfect on numerous TD drives. Wheeler had a few interceptions but they could all be traced back to tipped balls. Wheeler was one of the most efficient QB’s at the camp and has a chance to shine tomorrow.
WR- Behind Bainton, Rahmel Dockery (Curtis HS) and Chandler Jenkins (Liberty HS) were the two receivers that caught the ball most often. Dockery made some plays that put him among the elite at the camp, but needs to find the consistency to carry that from play to play. Jenkins showed a comfort with Wheeler, connecting on multiple skinny posts for some of the longest plays of the day. Diondre Toms (Lindbergh HS) found open space in his routes throughout the night but struggled at times to connect with Wheeler. At safety, Toms used his range and size to bat down some big passes.
LB- Nik Landdeck (Issaquah HS) and Logan Mayes (Marist Ore.) were the two regulars at linebacker. Mayes, who was picked up from the dissolved Oregon team, has great size and you could only imagine the havoc he would have wreaked if pads were strapped on today. Landdeck showed the ability to run with backs and relievers. He also displayed his overall athleticism by playing offense and showing off a set of sure hands. The surprise of the group was QB Trey Wheeler, who was forced into playing after an injury to Evan Peterson and the tandem of players from Skyline missing the weekend with state basketball games.
That’s it for day one; ESP will keep you posted on the results from Sunday’s single elimination championship tournament.