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Highland 7-on-7 teams excel in state tourneys

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Avery Johnson defends the pass against a Gravette JV player [Order this photo]
Travelling to the far reaches of Northwest Arkansas, the Highland Rebels 7-on-7 team placed second in the 4 State Sports 7-on-7 Championship held at Gravette High School on July 14.

The Junior Rebels took the bus in the opposite direction and earned first place the First Annual NEA 7-on-7 Throwdown at Brookland High School.

7-on-7 football allows coaches and players to work on pass offense and defense during the summer months leading up to the new season. For several years, Highland has travelled to Pocahontas on Thursday nights in July to play 7-on-7 in a scrimmage style setting against three other teams but, in the last two years, head coach Spencer Hill's teams have attended the tournament, as well.

Kamran Seat catches a touchdown against the Gravette JV [Order this photo]
In this type of competition, the offense gets six points for a touchdown and can choose to go for a one-point pass play from the three-yard line or two-point play from the 10-yard line. The defense earns two-points for an interception, unless it returns the ball to the 45-yard line, which is fo points. There is no tackling, so a player is down when touched by an opposing player. The players wear shorts, shirts and helmets, but no pads. The scrimmage takes place on only one-half of the field. The offense has three downs to get 15-yards, another three plays to get from 30-yard line to the 15-yard line and four downs to score inside the 15-yard line.

In June, the senior Rebels went 5-0 against Melbourne, Mountain Home, Yellville-Summit, Highland JV and Mountain Home JV at Mountain Home's Bomber stadium to earn the trip to Gravette.

At Gravette, Highland beat the Gravette JV, 34-24. Avery Johnson, Austin Himschoot, Kyle Brison each took passes from Sterling Stowers in for scores.

The Rebels lost to the Gravette Varsity, 33-14, in the second game. The Lions repeated as champions of this tournament. Highland suffered from several dropped passes and three interceptions.

Brennon Severn had two touchdowns and Shawn Young returned a interception for a score to lead Rebs over Field Kindley High School of Coffeyville, KS, 25-20. The Golden Tornadoes scored late in the game to cut into Highland's lead.

In the final game, Highland rallied to beat Lincoln High School, 31-10. Down 10-9 at halftime, Michael Copeland scored twice, and Spenser Stowers intercepted a pass for a touchdown to hold the Wolves scoreless in the second half.

At Brookland, the Junior Rebs started the session with a 16-0 win over Greene County Tech, then held Brookland scoreless on their way to a 9-0 victory.

Highland held off Osceola, 16-14, and then beat Des Arc twice in the double elimination tournament. The Rebels won the first game 16-8 and 23-0 in the championship match.

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