Tuesday, July 16, 2024

High school football: NWLA 7 on 7 Charity Invitational tournament set for Friday at Freedom Fields

by Russell Hedges
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The ninth Northwest Louisiana 7 on 7 Charity Invitational tournament is set for Friday at Freedom Fields.

All Bossier Parish teams are competing except for Plain Dealing. Other schools in the 25-team field are Alexandria, Byrd, Calvary Baptist, Captain Shreve, Evangel Christian, Fontainebleau, Homer, Junction City, Ark., Leesville, Loyola, Magnolia, Ark., North Caddo, North DeSoto, North Webster, Northwood, Ouachita Parish, Pineville, Red River and Tioga.

The tournament has been held every year since 2015 except 2020 when it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

7-on-7 tournaments and games have been a staple of high school football during the summer for decades now. They are part of the preparation for the fall season.

7-on-7 football features mainly passing although handoffs are allowed behind the line of scrimmage. Games are played on a 40-yard field. First downs are made by crossing the 25- and 10-yard lines.

Games will start at 4 p.m. with pool play. After a 15-minute break, a single-elimination tournament will begin with the championship game at 10 p.m.

North DeSoto is the defending champion. The Griffins defeated two-time defending champion Calvary Baptist 28-25 in the title game.

North DeSoto went on to reach the non-select Division II semifinals. Calvary won the select Division III state title.

All teams may not have their top players with them because of conflicts with camps and other sports like travel baseball, but the potential is there to see some of the top players in the area and state.

They include Airline quarterback Ben Taylor and receivers Jarvis Davis Jr. and Kenny Darby, North DeSoto quarterback Luke Delafield and receiver Cole Cory, Calvary Baptist quarterback Abram Wardell and Parkway quarterback Kaleb Williams.

Evangel Christian‘s Peyton Houston and Benton’s Malachi Zeigler are two quarterbacks who have the potential to be breakout stars in 2024.

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