Sunday was a different story as the loaded 5 Star squad, led by an incredible defensive effort, took home the Championship trophy. The 5 Star team beat Scorch in the winners bracket semi-final. Scorch then beat Frat Boys to make the finals but would have had to beat 5 Star twice in the double elimination format.
After several players on both teams went down with various injuries after playing a ton of football over the last two days, B2G co-coaches Ron Allen and Henry Bell, who oversee both teams, decided to call it a day and let both squads share the victory stand.
"I'm proud of our boys beyond belief," Allen said. "I know how hard these kids work when nobody is watching. We have some big name guys for sure but our sleeper kids contributed just as much. As an organization, you can't ask for more validation that we're doing something right."
In fact, despite playing in the same secondary as national recruits like Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) teammates Tahaan Goodman and Chris Hawkins and Long Beach Poly (Calif.) freshman phenom Iman Marshall, Allen said Holiday was his personal MVP.
Another player who shined in the secondary as well as receiver was Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey athlete Daquawn Brown. Brown is a talented cornerback but played some safety as well and made a lot of plays. He caught a pair of touchdowns in the semi-final win.
The stars definitely shined as well and the aforementioned Goodman, Hawkins and Marshall all played very well. No one made more plays than Marshall, who is one of the most unique players in the state right now.
He has safety size, corner skills and a high understanding of how to play the game. His football IQ is already well beyond his years and it's scary to think just how good he'll be with three more years to develop.
Another freshman, Newhall (Calif.) Hart wide out Trent Irwin led the 5 Star offense. He's one of the most sure handed pass catchers in the state and his long, lanky frame and superior route running make him a very tough cover.
New Buckeye commit Marcus Baugh was a physical presence throughout the day and always seemed open. The Riverside (Calif.) J.W North tight end is so strong and has such a big frame that he's tough to press and you don't want to give him a free release either because he can run the seem route down the middle of the field so well.
Scorch was the big surprise of the day making it to the finals. The had solid quarterback play from Thousand oaks (Calif.) Clark Abourisk, solid all around play by Monrovia (Calif.) athlete Mason Bryant and a big performance from West Torrance (Calif.) tight end Mat Boesen.
Boesen went down with a knee injury in the semi-final game but might have been the most productive tight end of the day. Not saying he was the best tight end prospect, that would be Baugh, but in terms of who had the biggest impact for their team, Boesen was very impressive.
Frat Boys, led by Vista Murrieta (Calif.) athlete Su'a Cravens, had another strong tourney before falling to Scorch in the semis. They dismantled 1925 in the quarterfinals and did the same to a very good Those Guys team from Arizona.
Cravens, who played every snap on both sides of the ball, cramped up badly and sat out the last two games of the day. While he played, there was no one better. Cravens is just an extreme talent at receiver, safety and linebacker and is hands down, at this time, the top player in the state.
Fontana (Calif.) Summit defensive back Charles Okonkwo, who also goes by Charles Gamble, was among the top five corners of the day and makes it looks easy. He has a nice frame, long and lean, and is so smooth on the field. His recruitment has really picked up in recent weeks and should continue to do so.
Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers had a nice day throwing the ball for Frat Boys and was among the most consistent signal callers of the day. One of his favorite targets was Pomona (Calif.) receiver Terell Mosby, who definitely has the look of a Div I prospect.
Those Guys, an Arizona team coaches by former Arizona Wildcat Chuck Levy, had a very good tournament finishing 4th. Their top player was Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe sophomore Jalen Brown.
Brown looked very good at his natural position of receiver, but also impressed in the secondary. Brown has good size and excellent ball skills. He's a fiery competitor who played through a minor knee injury but showed he's definitely one of the top 2014 prospects in the West Coast.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete Jake Roh played linebacker and receiver and looked very good on both sides of the ball. Roh looks all of 6-4, 210 pounds and could play on either side of the ball in college. He showed a lot of range at linebacker and caught every ball thrown in his direction at receiver.
In terms of pure talent, no team was more stacked than the 1925 All-Stars. The game of the day was their quarterfinal battle with rival B2G Five Star. The refs actually had to call both teams together to the middle of the field to warn them about trash talking before the game even got going because of how much jaw jacking was going on in warm ups.
On the first play from scrimmage, Lakewood (Calif.) receiver Xavier Shepherd, who had a great tournament, got behind the B2G secondary for a touchdown. Unfortunately for 1925, it was really their only big play offensively in the game and they fell just short.
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Francis Owosu is an elite talent and should get mention when talking about the top receivers in the state. Long Beach Jordan's (Calif.) John Ross is another elite talent and when you throw in Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany's Steven Mitchell and it's almost an embarrassment of riches.
Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Troy Williams had an up and down day but was still the most physically gifted quarterback in the tournament. He was hurt by some drops in the game with B2G and then had some small windows to throw to against Frat Boys, who really did a nice job locking up 1925's talented receiver corp.
On the defensive side of the ball, a pair of sophomores, both from Gardena (Calif.) Serra were very impressive. Linebacker Dwight Williams is a fast, athletic linebacker with a ton of ability and cornerback Adoree Jackson could be the top corner in the state in two years.
Inland Elite was the top seed following pool play and looked good early Sunday in a 1st round game before surprisingly bowing out in their next two games.
Upland (Calif.) defensive back Delvin Batiste still drew a buzz after every game and has clearly established himself as one of the elite corners in the area.
Batiste missed the teams first six games last season and then played safety the rest of the year. He has all the skills to play at the high BCS level and is one of those guys who could really benefit by attending as many college one-day camps as possible. Once schools see him in person, the offers should fly in.
Another player flying well below the radar is Chino Hills (Calif.) receiver Jack Austin. Austin has great size at 6-3 and is very well put together. He's able to get deep but can also catch the ball well in traffic. He might have had the best hands of any player in this tournament.
After shining in Vegas, Alani Latu and Viliami Latu, out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), again had impressive performances. Viliami, who goes by ‘Ami' is the bigger of the two twins and is a classic middle linebacker but can run as well.
Alani, who goes by ‘AJ' has excellent speed, covers well out of the backfield and is just as physical as his bigger brother. The two want to be a package deal and have the ability to play for just about anyone in the Pac 12.
Speaking of linebackers, after dominating for Team Utah in Las Vegas a few weeks back, Brighton (Utah) athlete Uaea Masina had another strong showing for Team 808. He's a legit 6-4, 210 pounds but has the athleticism and range of a safety.
He's a fast twitch athlete who closes on the ball like very few linebackers in the region and it's mystifying he's still waiting for his first offer to roll in. The problem for Masina is he has more junior film at running back than linebacker but it doesn't take much to project a player at his size and athleticism as a legit BCS kid.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman sophomore Nate Starks has a college body right now and looked great at running back, receiver and safety. He's a natural talent on both sides of the ball and just oozes potential. He has a chance to be the top player in the state next year as a junior.
Another intriguing player to watch from Team 808 was freshman quarterback Danny Hong. Hong, out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, will play behind Anu Solomon next fall but with three years to develop, there is no doubt the signal caller has the size and tools to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the region.
Staying with the quarterback theme, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Jihad Vercher was right there with Williams as the top signal caller in the event. After a surprising 3rd place performance in Las Vegas, 4th Quarter Sports went two and out on Sunday but it was definitely not the fault of Vercher.
We're sure he's tired of hearing about it, but if he was just two inches taller, the athlete would have double digit offers, no question about it. The ball really explodes out of his hand and Vercher can make every throw you want your quarterback to make.
A few other players who had very good tournaments were Charter Oak (Calif.) receiver Bryce Bobo, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne linebacker Keishawn Bierria, Venture (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Zachary Green and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite defensive back Demetric Woodard.
Bobo was uncoverable all tournament long and helped Body By Tra reach the quarterfinals. Bierria is a chiseled inside ‘backer who shut down the middle of the field, Green is a load in the open field and once again showed great hands and Woodward, just a sophomore, has pure cover skills and will be one to watch over the next two seasons.
Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy contributed to this report