The Mays Raiders are beginning to become more than just a blip on the radar. The team loaded with three and four star recruits went on the road to Fort Mill, SC and won the Cam Newton Foundation 7-on-7 National Championship over the weekend.
The tournament consisted of teams from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mays defeated Hough (NC) 27-20 in the championship game.
Mays finished 6-2 the first day and entered the tournament as the three-seed. They went undefeated in tournament action and finished with an 11-2 overall record and came out of the winners bracket to play for the championship.
“We played well,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said. “We still have work to do to become a complete team”.
Mays posted an 8-4 record last season advancing to the second round of the playoffs in Jarvis’ first season as head coach. The Raiders lost all four games by a combined 18 points and finished second in their region after falling 16-11 to eventual Class 5A runner-up Tucker in the region championship game in the regular season finale.
A quick glance at their schedule explains why Jarvis wants his group to remain focused. They will remain in Class 5A Region 6B this season after realignment and have defending 5A state champion Creekside in their sub-region. Mays will travel to Jarvis’ former team M.L. King and play history-rich yet declining Southwest Dekalb in region crossover games. Class 6A teams Lovejoy and Langston Hughes are also on the schedule. Mays will be the home team against Southwest Dekalb in a game that will be played at the Georgia Dome. Both Lovejoy and Langston Hughes advanced to the second round of the 6A playoffs last season and are expected to at least go that far if not further this season. Lovejoy finished as state runner-ups in 2011 (Class 5A) and 2012 (class 6A).
Mays was also entered in the National Select 7-on-7 Georgia Qualifier at Lassiter for the right to earn a spot in the National Championships in Hoover. The Raiders made good on their obligation and sent the JV team to the qualifier. The JV squad went 1-6 overall at the Georgia Qualifier with their only victory coming in pool play 16-15 over Walton. The only JV team they saw in the event was Valdosta where they were eliminated after losing 30-11 in the losers bracket.