The Opening 2017 Results: MVP Winner Justin Fields Shines as Mach Speed Wins

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2017

Quarterback Justin Fields; Photo credit: Scout.com

The final day of action at The Opening featured some notable performances that showcased the best the high school football scene had to offer.

Mach Speed took home the seven-on-seven title with a 31-15 win over Vapor Speed in the finals of the competition. Quarterback Justin Fields was named Most Valuable Player of the Elite 11 event thanks to his dominant showing throughout the week, including five touchdowns and no interceptions in the final.

This is one of the biggest exhibitions for college recruits every year—an event that has produced some of the biggest stars in college football over the past decade—and this year's class certainly didn't disappoint.


Full Monday 7-on-7 Results

Elimination Game No. 1: Untouchable 31, Lunarbeast 8

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Elimination Game No. 2: Alpha Menace 29, Savage Pro 20

Semifinal No. 1: Mach Speed 21, Vapor Speed 15

Elimination Game No. 3: Untouchable 19, Alpha Menace 13

Semifinal No. 2: Vapor Speed 20, Untouchable 13

Finals: Mach Speed 31, Vapor Seed 15


Monday night's final came at the end of a round-robin competition, featuring some elite players throughout the tournament.

Barton Simmons of 247Sports broke down two of the top quarterback performances throughout the event:

Barton Simmons @bartonsimmons

Tanner McKee and Justin Fields have combined for 20 TDs and zero interceptions at #TheOpening. Could be on collision course to finals

Fields and Mach Speed were able to advance, but Justin Rogers helped Vapor Speed pull off the upset to advance to the championship.

In the finals game, though, it was all about Fields as he continued to find his top target in Penn State commit Justin Shorter. The connection between the two was on display right away:

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner

5-star QB Justin Fields to Justin Shorter for the long completion https://t.co/EdhYiPTU0G

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner

Justin Fields to Justin Shorter for the TD. These two have a pretty solid connection https://t.co/PlTCXZf5KQ

Jeremy Birmingham of Landof10.com discussed the receiver's talents:

Jeremy Birmingham @Birm

Justin Shorter is gonna be a real issue in the Big Ten. Penn State getting a future star at WR.

The quarterback continued to shine as he spread the ball around, finding L'Christian "Blue" Smith for an impressive touchdown:

Chris Nee @CNee247

Justin Fields to L'Christian Smith for a TD https://t.co/Q0rUscUnMI

Plays like this helped Mach Speed build a 25-7 lead at halftime.

Aside from one long play from Rogers to JaMarr Chase, the Mach Speed defense remained solid to stay in front on the scoreboard. Micah Baskerville and B.J. Foster each came away with an interception to lead the way.

The game was so one-sided that backup quarterback Cammon Cooper got a chance to show what he could do, and the Washington State commit kept moving the chains to help seal the 16-point win.

While it was a team effort, Fields took home MVP for a reason after an outstanding showing as quarterback of the championship team.

The Georgia native was a Penn State commit but opened things up in June, and he unsurprisingly is one of the most wanted men in the country. Scout.com lists him as the No. 5 overall player in the class and No. 2 quarterback, although that could change after an incredible week.

There was plenty of buzz from those watching along Monday:

SB Nation Recruiting @SBNRecruiting

Justin Fields is just straight dealing. On fire.

Andrew Lind @AndrewMLind

Ohio State should be relieved Justin Fields decommitted from Penn State. He's the real deal. Hits Nittany Lion pledge Justin Shorter for TD.

Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Auburn are among the top teams trying to add the dual-threat passer, but it's clear he could make a positive impact for any program in the country after what he showed in seven-on-seven competition.

Monday also featured the final one-on-one battles for offensive and defensive linemen.

Bleacher Report provided a look at some of the top showings from the early session:

Bleacher Report CFB @BR_CFB

The big boys were putting in work at @TheOpening! https://t.co/qNVqvq6VCr

Although the men on the defensive side of the ball often get most of the highlights, Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports highlighted two of the better offensive linemen from the week:

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

The punch of five-star OL Jamaree Salyer who's been pretty dominant here at The Opening: https://t.co/PED0ukafy0 #Clemson #Georgia #OSU https://t.co/TIop5e7ObQ

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

Jackson Carman with a dominant rep at The Opening. Has looked like the five-star he is all week: https://t.co/HS3D7rtHxq #Clemson #OSU #USC https://t.co/znlu3N4lQn

Both Jack Carman and Jamaree Salyer are still undecided, and it's clear every team should do what it can to bring one of these guys into the fold.

However, the defensive players also showed up, most notably Clemson commit Xavier Thomas, as captured by Barton Simmons of 247Sports:

Barton Simmons @bartonsimmons

No 1 DE vs No 1 OT. Brey Walker vs Xavier Thomas https://t.co/xGRnO4aBNf

These players still have another year of high school to move up and down boards before advancing to the next level, but college coaches are likely already salivating at the chance to have any of these guys on their team.


Recruiting information and rankings courtesy of Scout.com unless otherwise noted.


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