CCHS to host 7-on-7 tourney Saturday
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
Central Catholic High School will host its second annual 7-on-7 football tournament Saturday.
The tournament field, which includes Central Catholic along with Patterson, St. Edmund, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, E.D. White, Franklin, Peabody and South Lafourche, will be held at the CCHS practice field at the school, beginning at 8 a.m.
The Eagles’ practice field will be divided into two, 40-yard fields with the 20-yards in between for the coaches to instruct their players.
Games will be 25 minutes each with a five minute break between each. Admission to the event is free.
The event’s only Tri-City area matchup in pool play will be one of two games to kick off the tournament, an 8 a.m. matchup between CCHS and Patterson.
Patterson will play again at 9 a.m. against South Lafourche, at 10:30 a.m. against St. Edmund and at 11:30 a.m. against Peabody, all on Field 1.
Central Catholic also will play all of its games on Field 1. After facing Patterson, the Eagles will face St. Edmund at 9:30 a.m., followed by South Lafourche at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the Eagles will play E.D. White.
After lunch, double elimination bracket play will begin with teams seeded according to their records from the morning play. Action will conclude with the championship game at 4:30 p.m.
CCHS coach David Fuhrer started the tournament because he wanted his squad to have the opportunity to participate in a tournament of smaller scale than the larger 7-on-7 tournament Fuhrer has taken his squad to at LSU in recent years.
The event features competition on all levels. While the majority of the participating will be Class 3A schools, the tournament features Class 5A South Lafourche and Class 1A schools, St. Edmund, Catholic-Pointe Coupee, Central Catholic.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there and going against some other people,” Fuhrer said.
Fuhrer said the 7-on-7 work will give all teams that participate a chance for their wide receivers and quarterbacks to get valuable work, as well as defenders. In 7-on-7, no one wears pads but that doesn’t mean that quarterbacks can’t work on their timing, receivers on their route-running and defenders on their footwork.
“There’s a lot of things that you can work on that (will) help you when the pads are on,” Fuhrer said.
Fuhrer thanked the tournament’s main sponsor, Advance Physical Therapy, as well as G&J Land and Marine Food Distributors and Dr. Chris Stewart.