Freshmen win 7-on-7 competition

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By Mark Clark

 They did it again.

The Central High Freshman football team won its own 7-on-7 camp competition for the second year in a row at Garrett-Harrison Stadium last week. The young Red Devils eased their way through three opponents in pool play and then won two single elimination tournament games to win the competition.

“It was a great day to play against someone else other than ourselves. You get tired of seeing your own colors on the other side of the ball,” Central Freshman team coach Larry Knox. “I am proud of the way we played in pool play by going 3-0. By the time tournament play started, the sun was out and it was really hot. Our conditioning from previous weeks paid off.”

Central began the competition by defeating Columbus 24-9. The Red Devils then took a 25-2 victory over LaGrange. Central closed out their pool play with a 25-5 victory over Auburn. With its 3-0 record in pool play, Central was the No. 1 seed in the tournament portion of the 7-on-7 competition.

Central beat Opelika 17-10 to start single elimination play. In the championship game, the Red Devils defeated LaGrange for the second time on the day by a 13-4 score to win the title,

“Defensively, we played as good as we could have played by giving up only two touchdowns in five games. Offensively, we were able to get several players on the field and see what they could do.,” Knox said.

But, even with five games of excellent play by the Red Devil Freshman team was not enough to leave Knox completely happy with its performance.

“The tournament showed us a lot of things we have to work to become a better team. We will use the rest of the summer to make those corrections. But, it was a good opportunity for us to see where we are at as a team in our passing game,” Knox said.