FSM Essential Recap: Battle Vegas 7v7 Tournament Reveals Extraordinary New Talent



Some of the nation’s top high school football players gathered in Las Vegas last Friday and Saturday for the Battle Vegas 7v7 tournament. 


Battle Vegas 7v7 tournament two-day contest, held at All American Park in Summerlin, pitted 31 teams who were invite-only against each other in a highly-competitive field of high school football players. Showcased were some top-ranked players in the country, many with several Division-1 offers and others looking to get noticed by prominent colleges for football scholarships. 

Las Vegas high schools exhibited some of their most-skilled athletes with strong performances out of several Division-1 ready players as well as some younger revelations.


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The Phase 1 football team, led by owner and head coach Mike Waters, went 2-2 overall and was surprisingly knocked out in the first round on Day 2 after a close loss to Heir Black 16-14.  The team, however, was comprised of several top prospects with nationwide appeal.  Desert Pines High School running back Jovantae Barnes, who’s received offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, and USC, highlighted the team’s offense along with wide receiver Michael Jackson, also from Desert Pines, who has fielded offers from UCLA, Wisconsin, and UNLV, among others.  On defense, Bishop Gorman linebackers Cyrus Moss and DJ Herman, both with Division-1 offers from Boise State and Arizona State, had noteworthy performances.


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All American Pride started three of Liberty High School’s top players. Junior quarterback Daniel Britt led the team to the tournament’s quarterfinals and a 6-1 overall record. Britt led Liberty High School to their first Nevada State 4A Championship last season, beating Centennial High School in the state final.  The quarterback threw for 187 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 114 on seven carries in a 50-7 rout of the Bulldogs.  Tight end Moliki “Mo” Matavao, Nevada’s top-ranked junior recruit according to 24/7 Sports, has entertained offers from Florida State, Georgia, and Michigan. On defense, outside linebacker Zyrus Fiaseu rounded out the Liberty-based team’s roster.  Fiaseu has drawn interest from schools like Oregon and Boise State.


For Team Game Changers, a Bishop Gorman-based team led by head coach Phil Faoa, the highlight reel was dominated by 8th grade quarterback Micah Alejado, who led the team’s high-powered offense to the quarterfinals with a 6-1 record. 


Alejado will be joining the Bishop Gorman Gaels next season. The 8th-grade phenom has drawn comparisons to former Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa due to their left-handedness and Polynesian backgrounds.  Alejado more than held his own at the 7v7 tournament against varsity high school players.  He showed an incredible ability to make the big throws, as well as a scrambling ability and making throws on the move. If he is to start at quarterback for the Gaels next season, junior left tackle and national recruit Jake Taylor would likely move to right tackle to protect the lefty quarterback’s blindside.


Micah Alejado

Despite his young age, Alejado is considered one of the most exciting high school quarterback prospects along with Arch Manning, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.  The two young passers are widely considered to be the top two quarterbacks in their age group.


The Battle Vegas tournament served as a precursor to this weekend’s Pylon 7v7 Elite Camps tournament held in Mesquite, NV. Battle was a former national sponsor for Pylon up until this year when the company decided to split and do their invitation-only 7v7 tournament.  Despite this decision, Pylon is still considered the mecca of 7v7 tournaments, and the competition this weekend is sure to intensify and see top high school recruits looking to stand above the rest to find scholarships and play at the next level.

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The Franchise was on location as the 7v7 circut continued this past weekend in Mesquite, NV with the PYLON. We’ll combine our coverage of the two tournaments in a new podcast at FranchiseSportsMedia.com early next week. Stayed tuned #702HSFootball fans!



Las Vegas! If you want another great place to watch the games or fights, head to Al’s Garage in Summerlin. There are multiple televisions to watch all the games. Al’s has “Happy Hour” starting at 9 AM and ending at 9 PM. Al’s Garage is located at 11760 W. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135. Tell them, “The Franchise sent you!!”


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