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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:28 am

The Everglades Prep Panthers battled through muscle cramps and deficits to take second place in the 7-on-7 tournament on the second day of the Mark Richt Football Camp at the University of Miami.

“We sum it up as great,” head coach Tobar Wilson said.

Sirr Daye and Jaleen Walker had game-winning interceptions in overtime in consecutive games to send Everglades Prep into the finals against Glades Central before falling 11-2.

“The whole day they were underestimating us because we’re a small school,” Daye said. “We came from nothing. We came from the bottom of the map. When we were in overtime and the ball was in the air, the only thing that was on my mind was it’s time for us to make a change. Now everybody knows us.”

The Panthers finished the day with a 5-2 record as a number of players played well including Kavon Holmes, Morris Hall, David Jester, Cory Hanna, Larry Williams, Daye, and Walker.

“It shows a lot about our team and what we can do,” Wilson said. “Nobody really knows about Everglades, but we know about Everglades and what we can do. We’ve got talent. We believe in what we have and our kids believe in it. Once we get out there teams are going to see.”

Many players—including Holmes, Hall, and Daye—were plagued by cramps throughout the hot, humid day.

“I told our team, ‘Next person step up, we’ve got to keep on clicking,’” Wilson said. “The boys bounced back, we bounced back. It didn’t matter if we were down or whatever it may be, we feel we have a high-powered offense and we can run with anybody. That’s just what it is. I’m good with where we are. Nobody expected this, but we did.”

After rolling to a 38-2 win over Ferguson in the first round of the tournament, the Panthers trailed 18-2 to American before coming back to win 31-30 in overtime on Daye’s interception in the end zone. Immediately after jumping to make the pick, cramps immediately hit Daye preventing him to celebrate with his teammates.

Despite the disappointment of the team not being at full strength at the end, the Panthers showcased their ability and toughness throughout the day as they look to build on last year’s state tournament team, the first in the program’s three years of existence.

“Everglades is putting ourselves to win a championship,” Wilson said. “We feel that in the 3A we are the second-biggest--Chaminade-Madonna and then it’s us, that’s what we feel. I don’t think there’s any other caliber of a team in our conference is up to the expectation that we feel we are right now and the sky is the limit of what we can do right now.”

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