The Ellison Eagles came into bracket play undefeated as the best high school team in the 2014 Killeen Texas Scholarship Showdown. The two-day event concluded Saturday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Ellison can still make that claim despite a pair of losses.
Ellison was the tournament runner-up after dropping a pair of games to the Killeen All-Star team comprised of notable alums of Killeen Independent School District schools.
The All-Stars won the tournament after defeating Ellison 32-26 in the championship game. The All-Stars beat the Eagles earlier in the double-elimination bracket play 28-26.
Though the day was full of football and fun, tournament director Carl Robinson had another important aspect of the event. There was a recruiting session held for players and parents to get information about getting recruited, including the importance of academics.
“The whole purpose of this combine is to educate,” Robinson said. “Yes, we use the combine, the 7-on-7 and the Lineman Challenge as a draw, but we use that draw to educate and inform our parents and athletes of the recruitment process and how important academics are today when it comes to recruitment.”
The Killeen Kangaroos finished third in the 7-on-7 tournament while Ellison’s No. 2 team took fourth.
The tournament, like the Killeen ISD 7-on-7 League over the past month, also had a Lineman Challenge comprised of four events. Participants accumulated points based on how they finished in the bench press, ball throw, shuttle and obstacle courts.
Christopher Duncan was the challenge winner while Killeen’s Isaiah McFaddin finished second and Ellison’s Jarrett Rios took third.
The tournament also held a fastest man competition where participants ran a timed 40-yard dash.
Former Eagle Keith Gibson won the competition by running the 40 in 3.45 seconds. Ellison’s Brandon Johnson was second (4.48) while Jayden Smith and Joseph Williams, both Eagles, tied for third (4.52).
The Killeen Trojans 12-and-under team beat the Killeen Roos 32-28 to take that division’s championship.
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