Westlake Levi Jones(17) and Sam Ehlinger (4) stand together after losing to Galena Park North Shore in the Class 6A, Division I state-title game at NRG Stadium in Houston Saturday, Dec. 18, 2015. Both players have been invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 7. Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN


The Opening: Sam Ehlinger’s squad goes 1-2 in 7-on-7 tournament

Posted July 9th, 2016

Story highlights
  • Dropped balls play a role in all three outcomes.
  • Ehlinger is on fire with two TD passes in an early victory.
  • The UT pledge throws a pick-six later in the day.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Dropped balls played a role in all three of Team Fly Rush’s 7-on-7 games at The Opening.

Unfortunately for Sam Ehlinger, most of the drops broke against his team.

Fly Rush is 1-2 after Saturday’s pool play but with slightly better luck could easily have been undefeated.


To end the day, Ehlinger ripped a slant pass to the end zone that five-star receiver Joseph Lewis couldn’t hold onto. The drop resulted in a 14-12 loss to Vapor Speed, which is among the favorites to win the tournament with eight commitments from Oklahoma and six from Alabama.

In the previous game, Oklahoma State-bound Tylan Wallace got wide open on a wheel route out of the backfield but dropped a pretty ball from Stanford pledge Davis Mills that would’ve gone for a first-half touchdown.

Ehlinger came on in the second half but did not score in five possessions and threw a pick-six. Fly Rush lost 13-6.

To start the day, Ehlinger was on fire, throwing a couple of touchdown passes in a 21-20 win over Lunarbeast. Ehlinger, who played only in the first half, was 15 of 22 passing with one interception that was deflected off his receiver’s hands.

The game came down to the final play when Lunarbeast receiver CJ Holmes couldn’t pull in a catch on a touchdown conversion.

On Saturday night, Fly Rush will take on Lunarbeast again in the first round of the championship tournament.