No matter where the Northeast Hurricanes travel this summer, there are those who
want to get a look at senior receiver Stacy Coley. Last Saturday, some 16 teams at
Mullins Park in Coral Springs saw too much of the 6-3, 190-pounder.
Coley did get it done on offense, catching a pair of touchdowns, but that didn't
come until the finals of the Strike 7-on-7 tournament against Blanche Ely.
What Coley did do is showcase more of his abilities as he came up with an
amazing 8 interceptions, paving the way for a team title. His performance gave the
usually offensive-minded athlete a rare MVP award on the defensive side of the
"Whatever was needed to help this team finally win a tournament is what I will
do," Coley said. "The coaches felt good with the offense we were running much
of the day, but we also needed to stop some pretty good teams. That why I was on
The field had a number of quality BCAA programs taking part. In addition to the
champion Hurricanes and the runner-up Blanche Ely Tigers, other schools that
made a run at the title were Flanagan and West Broward, which rounded out the
final four. Other programs taking advantage of a competitive event were Pompano,
McArthur, Coral Glades, South Plantation, Coconut Creek, Western and Douglas.
For those who did come out to watch Coley play on offense, he didn't let anyone
down – as he caught two touchdown passes – one with two Ely defenders draped
all over him.
"The young man is amazing," said tournament founder and organizer Brandon
Covington. "Congratulations to a great Northeast team that came out here to play
In addition to Coley coming away with the defensive MVP trophy, Western junior
quarterback prospect Wade Freebeck was chosen the Offensive MVP for his
work during the event. Other players who were considered for the award included
Everglades 2013 receiver Josh Shaw, a 6-1, 165-pounder, who made catch after
catch during the Gators' run. Also, Coley's teammate, Kendon Davis, a 6-4, 195-
pound junior, who was instant offense for the Hurricanes.
ON THE RADAR
At an event like this one, you see a number of veteran players, but you also have
the chance to look into the future by evaluating incoming freshmen, sophomores
and juniors as well.
There are some incoming freshmen who figure to make an impact this summer and
into the fall.
Among those players we will be watching at the varsity level real soon are Stefan
Francois (WR, 5-11, 150, McArthur), Thomas Geddis (WR, 6-0, 150, Blanche
Ely), Jhakari Harrison (QB, 5-8, 180, Coconut Creek), Teddrick Moffet, Jr., (QB,
5-8, 145, Blanche Ely), Kato Nelson (QB, 5-8, 140, McArthur) and Steve Newbold
(WR, 5-11, 160, McArthur).
The sophomore class also showcased some stellar athletes such as Melquan
Duncan (S/QB, 6-2, 180, Coconut Creek), Robert Foy (WR, 5-10, 170, Western),
Michael Francis (RB, 5-10, 170, Flanagan), Bradley Martin (WR, 6-1, 185,
Flanagan), Janorvis Pugh (WR, 6-2, 150, McArthur) and Ryan Stanley (QB, 6-1,
Freebeck wasn't the only junior turning heads. There were Richard Darius (WR,
5-11, 170, South Plantation), Jimmy Gonzalez (WR, 5-10, 175, Western), Kassan
Myers (DB, 6-0, 165, Flanagan) and Matt Wilson (QB, 6-0, 205, Pompano).
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