The FormuLA-Scouting DR7 KING OF DA BOOT TRILOGY 70N7 Tournament Recap

It was a great two-day tournament at Southern University put on by Coach Fuse, DR7, and The FormuLA Scouting two weekends ago. There were a lot of teams represented from all over the Southern United States including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Different 7 on 7 teams competed for the Boot Trophy ranging in five different age brackets from 10U to 18U. For the players, it was a great opportunity to show off their skills at a national level while trying to compete for a team tournament championship. Gridiron Football USA was there throughout the whole weekend and interviewed over 100 players throughout the weekend. To check out all of our interviews, watch them below!

Through a whole day of pool playing on Saturday, Sunday proved to be Championship Day as it proved to be a single game elimination tournament. Win or Go Home.

The first team that was crowned was the 10U Louisiana Purge. After defeating the Bootleggers and the Louisiana Mudbugs, the championship game proved to be a Louisiana vs. Alabama matchup as the Purge faced of against 251 Family from Mobile, Alabama. The 10U Boot Trophy stayed home with Louisiana Purge after defeating 251 Family 26-4.

10U Standings
10U Championship Bracket

The winners of the 12U age bracket happen to be one of the more familiar 7 on 7 tournament teams around, and that is the NOLA Bootleggers. Despite losing to the CM Naturals on Saturday, the Bootleggers got their revenge on Sunday in the Championship round by taking down the undefeated Naturals by a final score of 28-22. 12U Bootleggers Coach Corey Hardy talked about what made the difference in turning a good weekend into a great weekend with a championship trophy.

“I think it’s experience. Every tournament the guys have been so far, they went to the championship. There are a lot of talented guys. They just needed the experience and to start executing. They also needed the experience of adversity to get over it, especially in big games.”

NOLA Bootleggers 12U Coach Corey Hardy
The NOLA Bootleggers are your King of Da Boot 12U Champions! (Photo taken by Jace LeJeune)
12U Standings
12U Bracket

Carrying the momentum from the 12U team, the 14U NOLA Bootleggers also came away with the Boot Trophy. In the championship game, the top two seeds went at it head-to-head in the Bootleggers and the Trojans. The title game proved to be everything that you hoped it would be as the game turned out the be a 28-22 thriller. You can watch the highlights below.

Bootleggers 14U Head Coach Derrick Smith agreed that it was the experience of playing in tournament championships that helped them be on the winning side and getting the trophy in the end.

“It was huge. Our first tournament together, we lost in the championship by an extra point and the next week, we lost in Battle to a Florida team by a touchdown. We were trying to get over that stepping stone and trying to put a whole game together. Last week, we ended up winning a championship and this week, we won the championship again against one of the top five teams in the state with some other teams sprinkled in. It’s a big win.”

New Orleans Bootleggers 14U Head Coach Derrick Smith

According to Coach Smith, there were a lot of key difference makers that helped the Bootleggers not only on Sunday, but throughout the course of the weekend.

Ashton Stark is a slot receiver. He basically does everything for us. Jakias Villanueva plays at a different age bracket so whenever we can use him for 14U, it is big. He dominates in 18U so whenever we can use him in 14U, it is pitch and catch. I love my quarterback Kennon Russo. I tell him every day if we don’t turnover the ball and our defense just gets one or two stops, I don’t think we can lose.”

New Orleans 14U Head Coach Derrick Smith

Right now, winning is contagious for both the 12U and 14U NOLA Bootleggers as both teams want to continue not only winning at the local level, but the national level as well.

The NOLA Bootleggers are your King of Da Boot 14U Champions. (Photo taken by Jace LeJeune)
14U Standings
14U Bracket

The Louisiana teams were not the only ones that came away with some hardware in the end. From Mobile, Alabama, 251 Family got what they wanted by winning the 15U bracket. They did so by dominating the competition that featured over 20 teams and going through the tournament unscathed at 11-0 including a 35-8 championship win over The Academy Elite.

15U Standings
15U Playoff Bracket

Then, finally, the tournament wrapped up with the high schoolers, which was the 18U Championship age bracket. Saving the most dominant performance for last was the CM Naturals. The Naturals were certainly naturals when it comes to playing 7 on 7 football as they went through the tournament undefeated and had a whopping 109 point differential in all of their games including the championship game as they defeated Louisiana Elite by a final score of 32-11. Some of the top high school football names in South Louisiana were some of the key impact players that led the way including one of top wide receivers in the 2025 class in Quincey McKay Jr. from Terrebonne High School, E.D. White WR Paxton Lafont, who has received plenty of Southland Conference offers already, and finally, their QB Ashton Levi, who has been one of Louisiana’s most productive quarterbacks the last couple of seasons. Each player gave their thoughts on what helped the Naturals fire on all cylinders enroute to a championship.

“I love that we are out here playing together, working together, and we were meshing together really good. I just feel that we just play together really well.”

Terrebonne High School WR Quincey McKay Jr.

“I think we did great. I think we capitalized on the ways that we needed to capitalize. Defense made stops. The offense scored. Quarterbacks did their job. Receivers, corners, safeties did their job. The whole deal. The chemistry’s unbelievable and that comes from Coach Turk. Coach Turk really puts us in position for us to get the ball. We hype each other after as a whole. You got to be good to everybody and share the love. That comes in play when you talk about chemistry.”

E.D. White High School WR Paxton Lafont

“It’s just fun. Coming out here, competing every other weekend, and playing with guys that I love to play with.”

“You have Paxton Lafont to throw to. You got my guy Jack, Donovan, Quincey, and most importantly, it starts from the play calling with Ernest Harvey. He sees the defense. We make adjustments and we go from there.”

Bogalusa High School QB Ashton Levi

Everything clicked for the Naturals and it was a message that Louisiana teams were going to do whatever necessary to make sure the King of The Boot was going to be a team that was from the Boot.

Bogalusa High School QB Ashton Levi came away with King of Da Boot MVP honors after leading the CM Naturals to the King of Da Boot Trophy at Southern University. (Photo taken by Jace LeJeune)
18U Standings
18U Bracket

Check out our full photo gallery from this weekend below! Feel free to download the photos, but be sure to credit Gridiron Football USA for them.

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