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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:13 am

The Southridge Spartans wanted to put their disappointing spring game performance behind them and they responded in a positive way. 

Southridge won the 7-on-7 tournament on the first day of the Mark Richt Football Camp at the University of Miami behind a perfect 6-0 record.     

“After that spring game, to come out and win this tournament and play a team like Miami Central and all of those guys and to win it, is just a better motivation and confidence should be a little higher,” head coach Sedrick Irvin said. “Now we’ve got something to continue to build on.”

Southridge earned the top seed in the 12-team tournament outscoring their opponents 116-27 in the first three games before beating Southwest, Miami Central, and Coral Gables on its way to the title.

“It was very important because we’ve got an inexperienced team,” Irvin said.

The Spartans beat Coral Gables 25-16 in the championship game as Tyrique Stevenson and Jamal Browder each caught touchdown passes from Antwan Anderson and Jaheim Jerry hauled in a deep ball for a score from Jaylin Willis.

“I love deep routes,” Jerry said.

A number of other Spartans also shined on offense including Marcus Fleming, Roscoe Parrish III, Courtney Reese, and George Young.

“If I would have drew it up, you’ll say that’s how it’s supposed to look,” Irvin said. “Not to get stopped, it wasn’t about them, it was about us completing the ball, running the right routes so that shows we can pass the ball, and all we’ve got to do now is incorporate the offensive line, and just keep it going. It was great. There was some good talent out here so it was a plus for us.”

It was a positive showing for an offense that sputtered in a 10-8 loss to Coral Gables the week before in their spring game.

“Today we were a lot more explosive than in the spring game,” Anderson said. “Everybody was focused and came ready to play. If we play like this, we’ll be a team to beat, for real.”

The defense also held steady throughout the day with Chris McDonald leading the way while Darren Bledsoe and Treveon Pope provided key interceptions.

The Spartans will be looking to carry the momentum into the rest of the summer.

“Now we’re ready to rock and roll for real,” Anderson said.

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