KENNESAW -- North Cobb had already beaten Cedar Grove once Saturday during bracket play of the Cam Newton 7-on-7 tournament.

The Warriors had to do it again when Cedar Grove beat Westlake to clinch a spot in the championship.

After waiting more than two hours following its previous game, North Cobb completed the task at hand and beat top-seeded Cedar Grove 20-10 to win the championship.

North Cobb cornerback KC Eziomume made a big interception near the end zone along the right sideline to put the game just out of reach. On the Warriors' next offensive possession, tight end Kalen Carver caught a touchdown to officially secure the victory.

“They have a great tradition and a great program,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said of Cedar Grove, the defending Class AAA state champion. “They made us better today. It brings out the best in you when you play against guys like that. Our guys rose to the occasion.”

Eziomume was named the defensive player of the tournament for his exploits. He also made a key interception in the first game against Cedar Grove earlier in the day.

North Cobb, which earned the No. 2 seed following Friday's pool play, beat Cedar Grove 16-10 in the winners' bracket championship. The Warriors then took an extended break from the heat in their own locker room, delighting in the air conditioning for more than two hours.

“It was a long hot day, two days in a row,” Queen said. “I'm proud of how they responded.”

Cedar Grove beat Westlake, Newton’s alma mater, to get its shot at revenge against North Cobb.

Quarterback Trevor Lovett was another reason why the Warriors emerged from the second day of the tournament undefeated. He was named the offensive player of the tournament.

Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback and former Heisman Award winner, watched the games as he did arm exercises in his attempt to recover from shoulder surgery. He also took pictures with each team.

Whitefield Academy lost to Cedar Grove 19-11 in its second game of the day. The Wolfpack went on to beat North Cobb’s second team 29-24 before losing to B.E.S.T Academy 14-7 in the quarterfinals of the losers' bracket.

“I think these guys are learning to fight through adversity and fight through fatigue,” Whitefield coach Coleman Joiner said. “Our goal wasn’t to win the Cam Newton 7-on-7 this year. Our goal is to play deep into the playoffs in November, December, so we feel like this a step (toward that goal).”

Mount Paran Christian was eliminated by Maynard Jackson in its first game Saturday.


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