Kenton (OH) Wins 2013 National Select 7-on-7 Championship

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 Wildcats 2013 National Select 7-on-7 Champions. Via National Select 7on7
Kenton Wildcats 2013 National Select 7-on-7 Champions. Via National Select 7on7

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.

Other Notes:

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.

Valdosta Going To Hoover

The Valdosta (GA) Wildcats will travel to play in the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, AL. Valdosta won the Palmetto State Showdown (SC) 7-on-7 passing tournament in June qualifying them for the national event.

The Palmetto Showdown gained national attention in its early years for its level of competition. Byrnes (SC) host the event and have won multiple South Carolina State Championships. The Wildcats from south Georgia became the second team outside of South Carolina to win the tournament in its six years. Region 1-6A opponent Brunswick (GA) is the other. Byrnes (SC) won the rest. Brunswick (GA) did not make the playoffs last season in the region, those spots went to Camden Co., Lowndes, Valdosta and Colquitt Co.

Valdosta opens their regular season against GA Class 5A Thomas County Central on August 30th in Valdosta,GA.

Detronn Harris To Continue Playing In Calendar Year of 2013

Detronn Harris confirmed to Total Sports Coverage that he will continue to play football during the calendar year of 2013.

“I’m going to play with the Middle Georgia Wolfpack during their summer league this year (2013),” Harris stated. Other than saying he would attend the Wolfpacks first summer league game on July 6th against the Georgia Falcons but would not play, Harris had no further comment.

The Wolfpack are playing in the National Football Association (NFA) this summer.

Detronn Harris was featured in ESPN the Magazine in 2010, the year he won his first minor league championship
Detronn Harris was featured in ESPN the Magazine in 2010, the year he won his first minor league championship

Harris, a former NFL player and respected veteran in the minor league ranks, has led two different minor league organizations to championships in the previous four seasons. His latest championship was with the Georgia Bandits as they defeated the Middle Georgia Wolfpack in the NDFL Championship game in June 2013. Harris was named the leagues MVP.

Harris’ previous championship came in the Southern Football League with the Gwinnett/Georgia Jets in 2010 under head coach Oscar Dillard. In 24 games with the Jets from 2010-2012 he is the organizations all-time leading rusher and passer while holding the record for most touchdowns overall with the Jets. The Jets have been active since 2009 and did not field a team in 2013.

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