The Warren Easton Eagles from New Orleans, LA made their first-ever appearance in the National Selection 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, Ala a memorable one.
The talent-laden squad posted a 12-1 overall record, including a 6-0 mark in tournament play on Saturday, to win the National Championship. Warren Easton defeated Spanish Fort (AL)- Alabama’s Class 5A champion last season, 28-19 in the championship game.
“This program has come a long way. Five or six years ago we could barely win a game and now we’re talking about winning a national tournament with a bunch of elite talent. My heart is filled with joy, we are just extremely blessed and we’re going to keep working,” Warren Easton head coach Antonio Hull said.
The Eagles only loss was to defending National Select 7-on-7 champion Kenton (OH) in its second game of pool play on Friday. After that, it was all Warren Easton Eagles. Easton did not lose again, winning their final eleven games to bring home the title.
Texas A&M commit Deshawn Capers-Smith lead the way for the Eagles at quarterback. Capers-Smith had plenty of help on offense with five-star wide receiver Tryon Johnson, three-star wide receiver Darrell Clark and Tulane commit Devin Glenn on offense.
Warren Easton scored 343 total points- an average of 28.5 points a game. In National Select events the defense can score however the scoring point breakdown was not available.
Defensively, Warren Easton allowed a total of 197 points- an average of 16.4 per game. Tulane commit Jeremie Francis, Arthur McGinnis and Clyde Leflore anchored the defense. McGinnis and Lefolre will begin to pop up on recruiting service website by regular season’s end.
Hull acknowledged his squads defensive efforts. “I’m ecstatic about the way our defense played. We’ve never had a defense to play like this since I’ve been at Warren Easton. Our offense did some great things but defensively we did a lot of good things.”
The Eagles will turn their attention to the regular season where they will look to improve on a 10-4 record last season which included a trip to the quarterfinals in Louisiana’s class 4A.
“We’re going to use this as a stepping stone. This is something to show them if you work hard and have a burning desire to perfect your skill good things happen,” Hull said.