South Florida teams flexed some muscle on the first day of the University of South Florida Sling Shoot 7 on 7 Tournament in Tampa on Saturday.
A record 42 schools showed up for the annual tournament that showcases some of the state’s top summer passing programs.
While Tampa Plant (4-0) and Aaron Murray remain the favorites to win this ninth edition of what is becoming one of the best event of its kind, there are other school – five from South Florida – who ended the first day putting on quite a show.
Hallandale and McArthur had never been outside of Miami-Dade and Broward County when they participated in these events. On Saturday, the Chargers and Mustangs moved to 4-0 and move into Sunday’s action (8 a.m.) as No. 1 seeds. The Chargers, with USF commits Victor Marc and Ricardo Dixon had wins over power Punta Gorda Charlotte, Tampa Riverview, Dunedin and Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.
McArthur advanced to the No. 1 seed in their bracket with wins over East Ridge, Tarpon Springs, Tampa Freedom and Leto.
Delray Atlantic with impressive cornerback Jayron Hosley also finished the first day perfect with wins over Tarpon Springs East Lake, Jacksonville Lee, Dade City Pasco and Tampa Spoto.
Hollywood Hills and Boca Raton also represented on the first day. Both the Spartans and Bobcats finished 3-1. Hollywood Hills reeled off wins over Sarasota Riverview, Spring Hill Springstead and Naples Gulf Coast. The Spartans lost to Tampa Middleton.
Boca Raton, with talented junior quarterback Eddie Sullivan beat Valrico Bloomingdale, Lake Weir and St. Petersburg Lakewood before losing to Naples.
With the exception of Miramar’s Eugene Smith, who was not in Tampa on Saturday, two of the best quarterbacks were on display with Murray and Venice junior Tre Burton, who is one of the best athletes in the state right now.
Indianapolis Colts’ coach Tony Dungy was on hand to watch his son, who is a junior receiver at Plant.