"There's no better compliment than when the winning team comes over to tell you how good of a player you are," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers of Argyle (Tex.) receiver Ian Sadler, as players from Graham (Tex.) approached the athlete.
Through a very back and forth Texas 7v7 State Championship game, one thing remained consistent: Sadler's playmaking ability.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, who is committed to Texas Tech, wowed both bystanders and his opponents as he constantly got his hands on the ball.
Regardless of the game's 33-31 outcome in favor of Graham, Sadler is still Scout's Division-II MVP.
Even though there was some controversy on the last play, the athlete remained humble and very matter of fact.
"It was a good game. Graham played great and we did our best. The ref saw what he saw, and that was the game," he said.
Sadler said the team was actually surprised to find themselves in the title game.
"We came down here to get in some extra work before the tournament starts. We didn't expect to make it this far. 7 on 7 isn't really our thing; we just go in with our normal offense that we put in this spring. We had a really good showing. It was fun, it was really competitive, and we enjoyed it," he said.
Though obviously bummed to not take home the trophy, Sadler is using the game as a teaching lesson.
"There is going to be diversity in every game. We have to take that and learn it. No matter what happens on the field, we always have to stay composed, no matter how the game is going," he said.
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