Students With Aspiring Goals along with the Factory Football group participated in the 2014 Passing Down CenCal 7 on 7 Regional Tournament in Elk Grove on April 13, 2014. Team SWAG came into this prestigious tournament as huge underdogs. “I knew our guys could play with anyone in this tournament. We have some ballers on this team that I would put against any 7 on 7 team in the nation,” stated SWAG founder DeVon Hilliard.
SWAG opened up against team Field Up. It was a close game, that was won by Pacheco HS LB Frank Ginda’s interception returned for a touchdown. Merced QB Tyrone Williams Jr. set the tone for the day by having a near perfect first game.
The next game made the SWAG Factory the talk of the tournament. TMP Elite is a team full of superstars and student athletes that could write their own tickets to college. Isaiah Langley a 4 star athlete that has over 30 college offers is the leader of this team. “Coach T (Terrence Leonard) has a great squad with TMP. These kids can flat out play at the next level,” stated Hilliard. Team SWAG did not shy away from the competition. Once again Williams, showed why he belongs on the field at the next level. Williams shredded the defense apart using targets Raneil Rogers (Washington Union HS) and Aundre Sherman (Buhach Colony HS). “The defense came up huge,” stated SWAG defensive coordinator Seneca Ybarra. “I just met these guys the day before, and they started off a little shaky, then they came out made a statement. They were flying across the field and communicating,” stated Ybarra. Team SWAG came out victorious at the end, and clinched the #1 seed in the single game elimination playoff.
The first game of the playoffs placed #1 seed Team SWAG against #4 seed Warriors. Team SWAG started off hot and never looked back. Williams and Company were clicking on all cylinders. Sherman and Jabar Byrd (Merced HS), showed their worth on both sides of the ball. The next game put #1 Seed Team SWAG against #2 seed TMP Elite for the second time. “We got the best quarterback in this tournament, and his receivers are phenomenal. I don’t know why more recruiters aren’t flocking towards these kids,” stated Factory Football Group Founder and offensive coach Todd Johnson. Team SWAG started the game off with a near touchdown toss by Williams. Offensive guru and SWAG Vice President Brett Nickelson noticed TMP’s defense in game 1 and came up with a coverage beater. “Football is a game of adjustments, we have the athletes to play with anyone in this tournament, it’s just putting them in the right position,” stated Nickelson. Williams again showed his poise in the pocket and hit Rogers, Sherman, Byrd, and David Walker (Los Banos HS). The defense played well again. There was one player that Team SWAG had problems with Consumnes Oak 6’3 200 pd WR L.J. Reed. He had all three of TMP Elites touchdowns and the coverages were decent. “When you have a 6’3” receiver that could jump and catch, that poses a problem. This kid is already college ready,” stated Hilliard. This game came down to the last drive, and Williams hit Sherman on a big touchdown with less than one minute left to seal the victory. This game clinched Team SWAGs spot in the prestigious “Best of the West” tournament on April 27 at Cal State Fullerton.
The next game put Team SWAG against NFL star Maurice Jones Drew’s team Kenion Training. This game Williams found a new target in 6’3 207 lb sophomore David Walker III (Los Banos HS). Walker came through with some clutch catches to earn Team SWAG a spot in the CenCal Championship game. The championship game was between Team SWAG and Big Blue. This game was the same as the other games Williams finding Rogers and Walker throughout the game. Freshman Isaiah Montanez (Golden Valley HS) got into the scoring action with a 40 yd bomb from Williams. The game got out of hand early and Team SWAG prevailed with a victory. “Man, this team is phenomenal. All these boys came out ready and we showed we have elite kids,” stated Coach Todd Johnson. “T-Will (Tyrone Williams) is the truth. This shows the recruiters that he is one of the best QB's out there,” stated Johnson. Williams captured the Passing Down MVP. “I felt good out there. It becomes easy when your receivers catch the ball. We are looking forward to Fullerton,” stated Williams. Team SWAG will be traveling to Fullerton, CA for the prestigious “Best of the West” tournament on April 27, 2014. This event is covered by several media outlets. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week leading up to the big tournament.
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As Passing Down 2014 CenCal Elite 7on7 regional tournament comes near, S.W.A.G kids are looking to make a statement. S.W.A.G has collaborated with the Factory Football Group (Fresno, CA) and has become the SWAG Factory. This will be a similar team that competed in the Las Vegas Pylon 7 on 7 last month. Leading the group will be 6’4” 204 lb QB Tyrone Williams Jr. (Merced HS). Williams is ranked the #33 Pro Style QB in the nation according to 247.com. Williams top targets will be Raneil Rogers (Washington Union HS), David Walker Jr. (Los Banos HS), Stevan Johnson (San Joaquin Memorial HS), and Bransin Johnson (Clovis North HS). “All these kids will go get the ball. With Rogers and David on the outside, it will be difficult for teams to stop the offense,” states S.W.A.G director DeVon Hilliard.
The defense will impress a lot of offenses. Top defensive players will be Jabar Byrd (Merced HS), Aundre Sherman (Buhach Colony HS), Bransin Johnson (Clovis North HS), Damarrio Hammonds (Patterson HS), Carlos Garcia (Pacheco HS), Frank Ginda (Pacheco HS), and freshman phenom Deontae Smith (Los Banos HS). This defense held some great teams in the Las Vegas tournament. “I think fatigue played a factor in the Las Vegas tournament. We have added some key depth that will let our players focus on one side of the ball” stated Hilliard. Johnson had a good showing at the Las Vegas tournament. He showed his physical play and ball hawking capabilities. Ginda second highest Nike Sparq rating at the Los Angeles Sparq combine.
Backing up Williams will be 6’3 190 lb QB Luke Lange (Stone Ridge Christian HS) and 6’2” 165 lb Jr. QB Brandon Sanchez (Buhach Colony HS). Lange sat out last season due to a knee injury but has been cleared to go full speed. Sanchez played at Merced HS and has recently transferred to Buhach Colony HS. Sanchez looks like the quarterback of the future for the SWAG Factory team.
Some young guns to watch that have been impressive in offseason workouts are WR Chris Munoz (Pacheco HS) and Isaac Zambrano (Buhach Colony). Both players are completing their freshmen year of football. This team will be coached by the Factory Football Group founder Todd Johnson, Merced HS assistant Willie Steverson, and Atwater HS assistant Seneca Ybarra. “Our goal is to get these kids some exposure and some college offers.” We have 5-6 kids that should land Division 1 offers,” stated Coach Johnson. Stay tuned for the highlights and results from Passing Down.