CCHS to host 7-on-7 event
By CORWIN MURRAY
Local football teams will end summer practice with Central Catholic’s 10-team, 7-on-7 tournament Saturday at CCHS.
Seven-on-seven football is a fast paced, pass oriented form of football that was designed to hone high school football players’ skills in the spring without putting physical toll on their bodies. The games are played on half a football field with offenses always moving towards the same end zone.
There are no running plays allowed, although dumping the ball off to a running back behind the line of scrimmage is permitted. There is no pass rush, and the quarterback must release the ball in a limited amount of time or be penalized.
No safety equipment is worn (helmets are sometimes worn while mouth guards are mandatory), so contact is very limited. No tackling is permitted; simply touching the offensive player stops play.
Key rules for the CCHS tournament:
—Each possession begins on the 40-yard line.
—First downs are made by crossing the 25- and 10-yard lines.
—Three downs to make first down and inside the 10, three downs to score.
—Quarterback has four seconds to release ball, failure to do so results in loss of down.
—25 minute running clock.
—Touchdown equals six points.
—Interceptions are three points.
—Turnover on downs is two points.
The field will be divided into two pools, A and B, both consisting of five teams.
All teams will play four games each in pool play. Teams will be seeded for bracket play according to their pool play records. Bracket play will be a double elimination.
“We haven’t worked against any local teams or been to any 7-on-7 tournaments or camps this summer, like we’ve done the last couple years,” CCHS head football coach David Fuhrer said. “Our kids had other commitments with summer basketball and baseball. So we decided to have our own tournament.”
While Central Catholic wasn’t on the 7-on-7 circuit this summer, they still got in some good work.
“We did a lot of 7-on-7 drills as a team,” Fuhrer said. “It’s a great way to work on position specific skills.”
The Eagles plan to play about 20 kids while working with two quarterbacks.
“This tournament gives us a chance to lineup and compete against some different faces,” Fuhrer said. “This weekend marks the end of our summer phase and the start of the regular season.”
Patterson comes into Saturday’s tournament after another successful 7-on-7 campaign.
The Lumberjacks won the West Jefferson tournament two weeks ago in New Orleans. PHS also went 10-2-1 in the nationally recognized Air Attack Challenge at Louisiana College in Pineville earlier this summer.
“The kids have shown good effort and intensity all summer,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We’ve made progress as a team.”
Despite a strong showing all summer long, Patterson still wants to play well Saturday.
“At this point we want to see the quarterbacks make the correct reads, the wide receivers run the right routes, etc.,” Minton said. “We want to get some good work in before we get it going for real on Aug. 1.”
The Jacks will bring 28 players, including three quarterbacks, on Saturday.
Franklin also has been somewhat busy with 7-on-7 play this summer. The Hornets played in the New Iberia tourney Thursday before turning their attention to the CCHS event.
“We haven’t done a bunch of 7-on-7,” Franklin defensive coordinator Carlon Butler said. “We couldn’t, because we had to install both a new offense and a new defense this summer.”
While the Hornets will likely be predominately a running offense this year, Butler still sings the praises of 7-on-7.
“We are excited to gauge ourselves against some of the other parish schools in the CCHS tournament,” Butler said. “There will be a lot of football talent there Saturday, so if we compete well, it will go a long way in getting the kids to buy in on what we are doing.”
Franklin will bring about 25 players, with three quarterbacks.
The first game is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. between CCHS and Franklin.
Other participants include Loreauville, St. Edmund, North Central, Catholic High-Pointe Coupee, East Ascension, South Lafourche and Ellender.