Hillside is Beast of the Hill

Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 22, 2011


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Led by tournament MVP Jamal Marcus, Durham (N.C.) Hillside went undefeated and won North Carolina’s fourth annual “Beast of the Hill” Seven-on-Seven Passing Tournament.

The tournament was supposed to include 24 high schools. However, the potential for high temperatures forced Alexandria (Va.) Williams and Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg to pull out of the event, and Four Oaks (N.C.) South Johnston also no-showed likely for the same reason.

Williams informed UNC of its withdrawal Thursday evening, allowing the event planners to compensate by entering two Durham (N.C.) Jordan teams – ‘A’ and ‘B.’ But West Mecklenburg’s and South Johnston’s absence wasn’t discovered until Friday morning, which meant both teams were on the tournament's schedule.

The participating schools were broken into four pods (Orange, Red, Blue, and Green) of six schools. Each school played the five other teams in their pod – with the exception of the pods that included West Mecklenburg and South Johnston, where their opponents were given forfeited victories. At the end of the “round robin,” the team with the best record in each pod advanced to the “Flight 1” single-elimination bracket, while the teams with the second best record in each pod advanced to the “Flight 2” single-elimination bracket.

One team went undefeated in each pod – Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield, Durham (N.C.) Hillside, Chapel Hill (N.C.) East, and Richmond (N.C.) Hermitage – setting up a very competitive “Flight 1” bracket. Aided by two interceptions, top seeded Hillside edged Hermitage in one of the semifinals, 20-14. The other “Flight 1” semifinal was a battle of arguably the top two quarterbacks in the tournament, Connor Mitch and Drew Davis, with Mitch leading Wakefield to a 26-20 victory.

The “Flight 2” bracket was equally competitive. Both higher seeds won their semifinal contest – Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch beat Spring Lake, 27-21 and Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road defeated Carrboro (N.C.), 25-19.

The competitive theme continued into the finals of both flights. With a couple minutes left in each contest, both were tied. Hillside eventually scored and then shut down Wakefield’s offense to win 27-21. Meanwhile, Leesville – which was led on both sides of the ball by the Berrios brothers, Braxton Berrios and Austin Berrios – and Western Branch exchanged final-minute touchdowns, but Western Branch failed to convert its “extra point” on the final play and lost 21-20.

Individual Awards

MVP: Jamal Marcus (LB, Hillside, '12)
Top Gun (Flight 1): Connor Mitch (QB, Wakefield, '13)
Top Gun (Flight 2): Austin Berrios (QB, Leesville, '12)
Playmaker (Flight 1): Jordan Fieulleteau (WR/CB, Wakefield, '13)
Playmaker (Flight 2): Braxton Berrious (WR/S, Leesville, '14)
Hitmaker (Flight 1): Deshawn Lumpford (Hillside)
Hitmaker (Flight 2): Justin Wellons (DB, Western Branch, '12)
Best Effort: Alex Moore (WR, East Chapel Hill, '12) and D.J. Hunt (RB/LB, Leesville, '12)
Most Inspirational: Quinn Billerman (QB, Ravenscroft, '12) and Derrick Green (RB, Hermitage, '13)
Sportsmanship: Josh Marriner (CB, Western Branch, '12) and Brian Brown (WR/FS, Hermitage, '13)

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Butch Davis
Kenny Browning congratulates Hillside
Kenny Browning congratulates Jamal Marcus
John Shoop congratulates Connor Mitch
Braxton Berrious
Art Kaufman congratulates Josh Marriner

Butch Davis
Kenny Browning congratulates Hillside
Kenny Browning congratulates Jamal Marcus
John Shoop congratulates Connor Mitch
Braxton Berrious
Art Kaufman congratulates Josh Marriner

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Orange
  High School W L Pct PF PA
1 Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield 5 0 1.000 107 56
Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch 4 1 .800 92 74
  Burlington (N.C.) Cummings 3 2 .600 54 59
  Henderson (N.C.) Northern Vance 2 3 .400 37 66
  Durham (N.C.) Northern 1 4 .200 37 72
  Four Oaks (N.C.) South Johnston          
Red
High School W L Pct PF PA
1 Durham (N.C.) Hillside 5 0 1.000 105 46
2 Carrboro (N.C.) 3 2 .600 67 78
  McLeansville (N.C.) NE Guilford 2 3 .400 81 95
  Woodbridge (Va.) Freedom 2 3 .400 78 54
  Charlotte (N.C.) West 2 3 .400 56 85
  Roxboro (N.C.) Person 1 4 .200 51 80
Blue
High School W L Pct PF PA
1 Chapel Hill (N.C.) East 5 0 1.000 101 60
2 Spring Lake (N.C.) Overhills 3 2 .600 106 72
  Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft 3 2 .600 92 44
  Ramseur (N.C.) Eastern Randolph 2 3 .400 77 84
  Raleigh (N.C.) Wake Christian 2 3 .400 58 69
  Durham (N.C.) Jordan 'B' 0 5 .000 36 141
Green
High School W L Pct PF PA
1 Richmond (Va.) Hermitage 5 0 1.000 80 34
2 Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road 4 1 .800 74 53
  Durham (N.C.) Jordan 'A' 3 2 .600 44 50
  Chesapeake (Va.) Great Bridge 2 3 .400 68 56
  Rocky Mount (N.C.) Northern Nash 1 4 .200 19 92
  Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg          

Flight 1 Bracket
Semi-Finals
(1) Hillside 20, (4) Hermitage 14
(3) Wakefield 26, (2) East Chapel Hill 20
Finals
(1) Hillside 27, (3) Wakefield 21

Flight 2 Bracket
Semi-Finals
(1) Western Branch 27, (4) Overhills 21
(2) Leesville Road 25, (3) Carrboro 19
Finals
(2) Leesville Road 21, (1) Western Branch 20


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