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.