I believe football is great. There I said it. Is there something engraved in our deepest inner make up to make this the greatest sport on earth? I’m a sports fan in general,but that “something” about football that separates itself from the other major sports for me.
This week Spartanburg will travel to Charlotte,North Carolina to compete in the Powerade Invitational Blazing 7 on 7 Tournament. Spartanburg won this tourney last year and I believe we will have a strong showing again this year. We also picked up a trophy at The Powerade Series this summer at Irmo.
Yes, I want our Vikings to win. There I said it,but 7 on 7 is really,to me as a fan, about watching the team get better. Spartanburg has talent all over the field. We also have a question mark here and there. Who is gonna step up into the quarterback role? The knowledge is there..the experience isn’t. All these 7 on 7 tournaments are experience,that’s the point to me as a fan.
I watched Spartanburg lose an early elimination game to Byrnes at our own tournament.It’s hard to swallow that. It’s Byrnes,you always want to let your region teams know up front and quick that this region is ours. On that same day,I admitted to myself Byrnes is good. There is something else that I know…Gaffney will be good,Dorman and Boiling Springs will be good also. We play in a great region. That’s a good thing. There is plenty of teams around the state who cake walk through a weaker schedule and weaker regions.The communities and students get all hyped up then BOOM..a first round playoff exit slaps them right in the face by a team who may have only won 6 games but were battle tested and well coached.
We play in very competitive 7 on 7 tournaments. i don’t see any real value going to play in a “cupcake tourney”. This years Blazing 7 on 7 has a field that is anything but cupcake. Also.for the record,most of these teams play in good regions also. I’m not sure there was a real point to this story other than go support your teams if you can.Follow the action on the app and Fox Sports South. It’s up to us to bring it home.
48 HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS COMPETE FOR THE POWERADE INVITATIONAL TROPHY
3 day event kicks off July 13 with our skills competition and a mini concert. Pool play begins Friday July 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Double elimination bracket play begins Saturday July 15 at 9:00am. The semi-finals and Championship games will be televised on Fox Sports South.
Fans are welcome to attend all games Friday and Saturday. Admissions is $5.
There will be over 100 Division 1 players participating in this years event.
POWERADE 7 ON 7 INVITATIONAL TEAMS
Highland Springs (VA) York (SC)
Mallard Creek (NC) West Meck (NC)
Charlotte Christian (NC) Rock Hill (SC)
Fort Mill (SC) Westside (SC)
Norview (VA) Dinwiddie (VA)
Dorman (SC) Ballard (KY)
Wilmington Hoggard (NC) Spartanburg (SC)
Dublin Coffman (OH) Greenwood (SC)
Gaffney (SC) Salem (VA)
Cedar Grove (GA) Berkeley (SC)
Wake Forest (NC) Dorman (SC)
Monroe (NC) Johns Creek (GA)
Vance (NC) Male (KY)
Phoebus (VA) Shelby (NC)
Whitehaven (TN) Irmo (SC)
Hough (NC) Greensboro Page (NC)
South Pointe (SC) Freedom (VA)
East Forsyth (NC) Weddington (NC)
Westlake (GA) Bishop Sullivan (VA)
Butler (NC) Hillcrest (SC)
Warren Central (IN) H.D. Woodson (DC)
Patrick Henry (VA) Brownsburg (IN)
Summerville (SC) Myers Park (NC)
Kenton (OH) Ridge View (SC)
Maybe that thing that makes Football so great is the battles,the team effort,the individual matchups. It could be the coaches and the schools involved.It most definitely could be the all the kids that put in the work.It could be the family of each and every player, coach and person involved.
Come to think of it…??? It could be you.