Oviedo knocks off Tampa Plant to win UCF 7-on-7 tourney

Oviedo pulled off a mild surprise Saturday, defeating Plant, 20-7, in the finals of the UCF 7-on-7 tournament. Plant had won the event on two previous occasions and rolled to the finals without a loss.

However, Chris Davis connected with Chase Kingsley for a touchdown on the first play of the championship and the Lions secondary intercepted Plant quarterback Colby Brown twice.

“It’s nice to get our team together and watch them compete,” said head coach Wes Allen. “Whether it’s a spring game or a 7-on-7 tournament or the weight room, I want to know that our kids are competing as hard as they can and working to get better. There were a lot of good ball clubs here.

"Plant is obviously a historically good program and coach [Robert] Weiner is one of the best in the game. We just came out here ready to play and we did some good things."

Allen said there was plenty of credit to go around on the offense.

“Chase Kingsley surprised us today playing slot,” Allen added. “He made so many big catches for first downs and touchdowns. Malcolm Bryant had a great day today and I thought Chris threw the ball real well.”

However the story for Oviedo was the defense, which shut three teams out during the knockout round.

“The defense gave up 7 points total in the playoffs over four or five games,” Allen said. “Justin Spencer, Logan Smith and Terry Howard really played well all day."

Congdon enjoys UCF visit

Although it doesn’t look like UCF will take a quarterback in this year’s recruiting class, if things change the Knights could have their eye on Lake Gibson quarterback Trey Congdon. The 6-foot-3 junior was at UCF for the second time in about a week.

Last week Congdon and teammate Kendall Gant took an unofficial visit to the campus.

“I loved it here, really one of the nicest campuses you’ll see,” Congdon said. “It’s close enough to home but not too close so it’s a good thing.”

Congdon’s day ended with an interception in a loss to Armwood but he’ll be back at it next week at USF’s Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament.

“Overall I had a good day but it didn’t end like I wanted it to,” Congdon added. “Next week we’re going to work on finishing strong.”

Griffitts sits out, ready to camp

West Orange tight end Kyle Griffitts relegated himself to long snapping during the 7-on-7 tournament as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain he suffered at the beginning of the Warriors spring game.

Griffitts said he wanted to play Saturday but decided to rest so he could prepare for some upcoming camps.

“I’ve got camps at BYU, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Air Force planned for next week,” Griffitts said. “My dad played at BYU so I’m pretty excited to go there. We also have a lot of family out that way so it’s going to be a nice trip."

Griffitts is the twin brother of West Orange quarterback Hayden Griffitts, who will also be touring out West with his brother. 

Fair heading to Auburn, Florida

Wekiva running back Deondre Fair spent most of Saturday showing off his skills at slot receiver as the Mustangs advanced to the semifinals before losing to Tampa Plant.

“I wanted everyone to know I can catch the ball a little bit,” Fair said. “I know some coaches want to see how I can work out of the backfield so I wanted to show them a little something.”

Fair is still looking for his first offer and has visits set up to Florida and Auburn in the future and will likely camp at both spots.

“Auburn is really interested in seeing me so I’m going to go to their camp and try to earn an offer,” Fair added. “We’ll see what happens."

Eldridge gets in his kicks

During a break in the action of the 7-on-7 tournament, Leesburg kicker James Eldridge got to put his kicking skills on display for UCF assistant coaches Mike Buscemi (special teams/tight ends coach) and Jim Fleming (defensive coordinator).

He showed consistency in his mid-range field goals and hit a few from beyond 50 yards, but his deeper accuracy was not as consistent. 

"I think I could have done a lot better," said Eldridge, who is one of a fine group of 2014 kicking prospects in Central Florida.

Other Orlando-area rising senior kickers looking to land spots with Football Bowl Subdivision schools are Landon Scheer of Orlando First Academy, Austin Jones of Orlando Boone, Daniel O'Brien of Windermere Prep, Christian Pereira of Orlando Timber Creek, Ricky Buckner of Orlando Dr. Phillips, Rickie Mortlock of Lake Minneola and Grant Reynolds of Eustis. 


Chris Hays contributed to this report.

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