In this very special Get Sports Focus crossover episode of the podcast, the Sideline Sass operation broadcasts live from the sideline of the GSF 7v7 tournament at San Jose City College.
The Open tournament, which features 7v7 teams from different areas was created by the GSF king himself, Alforde Joaquin in an effort to help kids gain more exposure and hone their football skills. Alf joins the girls in the first segment of the podcast to talk about the tournament itself and the 7v7 culture.
The girls are also joined by fan favorite Jordan Watkins, former Stanford football defensive player, who roamed the sidelines of the tournament providing solid color commentary on the games. Former podcast guest and Oakland Raider digital archivist Selena Solorio stops by to talk shop and check out the talent on the field. And Sideline Sass supporter Keeley Ray tagged along to help produce this special episode. With an all-star squad like that, how could the episode get any better??
This is how. As the squad was recording on the sideline, Kenneth Olugbode – San Jose native and former linebacker at there University of Colorado, stopped by to chat about the importance of 7v7 tournaments for young players trying to gain more exposure. Kenneth’s brothers were both coaching in the tournament and he was there supporting his kin. Kenneth also talks about his experience playing Pac-12 football and what his future in the NFL looks like. Kenneth’s brother Kyle also stopped by to talk about his 7v7 team’s play and swap memories with his fellow Stanford football alum. So much Pac-12 football in one place.
The episode concludes with an interview with GSF team member Creon Fitch, an eighth grade baller playing with the big boys. Fitch is a student at Lee Mason Junior High and he chatted with us about the tournament, what is was like playing with older guys and how he is refining his wide receiver abilities.
The episode ends with a fiery interview with the coach of the winning 7v7 squad, Roy Harwell. His team from Stockton, Team Elevate, took home the first ever GSF 7v7 Open Championship plaque by defeating the host team GSF 19-12. Jahidi West, a junior from Stockton’s Lincoln High School, was awarded the First Place Inc. Defensive MVP Award. Freshman QB Michael Chavez took home the First Place Inc. Offensive MVP Award, finishing the tournament with 22 total TD passes. This was Elevate’s third tournament title in the program’s brief three-year history. Coach Harwell talks with us about his program, how they got their name and their plan to take over the world.
Check out the results and highlights from the tournament here.
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