Update: North Cobb and North Gwinnett each reached the semifinals Friday in Hoover, Ala., at the National Select 7-on-7 passing tournament. The tournament was won by Kenton of Ohio, which beat North Gwinnett. North Cobb lost to runner-up Byrnes (S.C.). Jefferson County made the quarterfinals and lost to North Gwinnett.
North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen was named the top offensive performer through pool play at the National Select 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday in Hoover, Ala., by Rivals.com.
Queen led his team to a 7-0 record on Thursday. North Cobb is seeded No. 2 for Friday’s championship bracket. Other Georgia teams and their seeds are North Gwinnett (No. 9), Lassiter (No. 10), Valdosta (No. 15), Jefferson County (No. 17) and Alpharetta (No. 18).
The No. 1 seed in the 32-team field is Dutch Fork of South Carolina.
Here is the assessment of staff writers Woody Wommack and Kynon Dodington on Queen, a junior who led North Cobb to the Class AAAAAA semifinals last season:
‘’Queen was excellent all afternoon. At times he trusts his arm too much, but it’s not a bad thing in the 7-on-7 setting because he misses small. He fit the ball in tight coverage and surprised some of his receivers with his RPM’s. … One thing that won’t show up in the stat sheet is his leadership ability. He demands perfection and you can tell he is the son of a coach.’’
Queen’s father, Shane Queen, is North Cobb’s head coach.
Other Georgia players who made Rivals’ top 10 were Valdosta WR Alex Cason (No. 2), Lassiter WR Quincy Perdue (No. 4) and North Gwinnett QB Hayden Sphire (No. 10). Sphire also is the son of a head coach, North Gwinnett’s Bob Sphire.