B2G Elite Program: The A-Game Recap

Kemonte Bateman

The stars were out for the final day of the B2G Elite Football Program, as the A-Game put the capper on the weekend. The offense takes the A-Game with a 43-27 win paced by the MVP performance of Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw receiver Kemonte Bateman.

Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks hosted the B2G A-Game (7-on-7) and the play was as hot as the temperature. The excitement began early on with Will Chandler from Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif., catching a 15-yard pass from David Potts from Monrovia and running it into the end zone.

A few plays later, defensive back Corbin Brown intercepted a pass intended for Malachi Lewis from Rio Mesa and returned it for a touchdown. Malachi was relatively quiet today and wasn't as productive as he'd like to be.

Crenshaw wide receiver Kemonte Bateman scored the second touchdown with 30-yard reception from Evan Mozzochi from Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash., Bateman had an outstanding outing and will be a nationally recognized prospect this time next year. He was named B2G Football Program's MVP

Mozzochi and B2G offensive MVP Reggie Dunn connected for another touchdown for the offense. Dunn seemed to get open up the middle with relative ease on numerous occasions. "I think it was the play calling by the coaches," said Dunn. "They were calling the plays in the huddle and seemed to know to call. I ran good routes and was ready to compete."

Late in the first-half, James Davis caught a screen pass from Monrovia teammate David Potts and ran for 15 yards and Russell Carr followed that up with a touchdown reception from Potts. Carr was wide open and the public address announcer blamed it on the zone coverage. However, the beautiful fade Potts threw to Zion Babb from Alhambra for the conversion could hardly be blamed on zone coverage. Babb simply beat Dorsey's Rahim Moore and Potts delivered a beautifully thrown pass.

There was a long break after the first half, but it didn't take long for the offense to get rolling and Mozzochi connected with T.J. Simpson from Peoria, Ariz., for 15 yards, and Will Chandler for 25 yards. Marc Tyler was handed the ball on a draw play and Terrance Foster from Sonora lost his jock after Tyler stopped and cut, allowing him to gain extra yards. Foster tried to stay with Tyler, but he lost his footing and fell to the ground. Tyler didn't touch the ball often, but when he did, he provided a glimpse of what a No. 1 running back prospect looks like. Milton Knox scored on the next play after a jaw-dropping move he put on a defender. Milton will be one of the elite running backs in the 2008 class.

Bateman, who was impressive from start to finish, caught a 10-yard pass from Potts to begin the next series. Potts then hit Ahmere Owens on a nice pass over the middle. The offense would have scored a touchdown on the next play, but Curtis Wilson from Verbum Dei was short on his pass to teammate Reggie Dunn, who was wide open 20 yards downfield.

Wilson was relieved of his quarterback duties and Mozzochi connected with Dunn on a 20-yard pass. Rahim Moore, who was burned a few times earlier in the game, broke up the next pass to Dunn and briefly redeemed himself. Chris Rainey from Lakeland (Fla) beat Moore a few plays later and hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception from Mozzochi.

Rainey showed exceptional athleticism and speed, and it's no wonder he was one the most hyped prospects heading into the B2G Football Program.

Zion Babb caught a 30-yard pass from Davis Potts to begin the following series, but Akeem Ayers ended the drive with an interception. Ayers not only passed the eyeball test, but he's an imposing force no matter where he's at on the field. Ayers was named the most versatile athlete at the B2G.

Raymond Carter caught a 20-yard pass from Potts that was lobbed over Montclair Prep teammates, Marc Sweet and Patrick Lundy. Carter was open on numerous occasions, but wasn't spotted by the quarterbacks. He was open 30 yards downfield on one play and would have easily scored. Jamal Womble from Buena in Sierra Vista, Ariz., hit Russell Carr on a long completion a few plays later. Potts threw a lateral to Womble and he threw a strike to Carr after scrambling.

The Reggie Dunn show continued as he brought in another 35-yard pass from Potts. Potts threw a 10-yard pass to Dunn up the middle and with some wiggle and ankle-breaking cuts; he ran another 25 yards and scored. Dunn's ability to gain large chunks of yards after the catch is one of his most dangerous qualities. Zion Babb made the catch of the day a few plays later with a 35-yard acrobatic catch over Lance Mitchell. Mitchell was all over the pass, but Babb simply stole the ball from him. Babb was one of the most impressive wide-receivers at the B2G and his stock is sure to soar.

Potts hit Womble on a short slant for a touchdown to end the day. The offense won the game 43-27. Overall the camp was a huge success and the 2007 edition of the B2G Football program will be the best yet.

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