The Kenton Wildcats used a slowed down and deliberate offense to win the 11th Annual National Select 7-on-7 Championships presented by Under Armour in Hoover, Al. The Wildcats went 12-1 overall going undefeated in the tournament defeating the Byrnes (SC) Rebels 22-4 in the championship game becoming the first team from Ohio to win the championship.
Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman may have had the most unusual delivery of the football from any quarterback in the nation however it was good enough for him to be named tournament MVP. During the 2012 season Sherman passed for over 4,000 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Kenton posted a 6-1 record in pool play earning them the four-seed entering the tournament. The Wildcats only loss was to Dutch Fork (SC). Dutch Fork was the No.1 seed entering tournament play and defeated the only win-less team Civic Memorial (IL) (0-9) in the opening round of the tournament, before losing to Jefferson County (GA) in the next round sending them to the losers bracket where they were eliminated by Valdosta (GA) to finish 8-2 overall.
Despite missing the final two games with a hip flexor, Byrnes’ Sheadon Meadors won the Daktronics Top Receiver award, Travonne Hobbs of Landry-Walker (LA) won the Neff Top Defender award while Alabama 2012 Class 6A runner-up Opelika won the Team Sportsmanship award.
Defending champion and host Hoover finished 4-5 overall and did not record a win in tournament play.
North Cobb (GA) finished 10-2 overall winning their first 10 games before being eliminated in back-to-back tournament games to Byrnes and Oxford (MS). The Warriors were 7-0 in pool play and were the two-seed entering tournament play.
Nine-seed North Gwinnett (GA) finished 8-4 overall, fifteen-seed Valdosta (GA) went 6-5 overall losing both tournament games by a combined 2 points. Seventeen-seed Jefferson County (GA) defeated Dutch Fork in the second round of the winners bracket before falling to North Gwinnett and Oxford (MS) to finish 5-5-1. Tenth-seeded Lassiter (GA) was the only team from Georgia to not win a tournament game finishing 5-4 and eighteen-seed Alpharetta (GA) was eliminated in double overtime by Spain Park (AL) 37-36 and finished 4-5-1 overall.Combined all six teams from Georgia went 38-25-2.
South Carolina was represented by Dutch Fork and Byrnes; both went 7-0 in pool play and were seeded No.1 and No. 3 respectively in the tournament. They combined to finish 20-4 overall.
No Florida schools were represented.