The shootout, conducted by the Sequoyah Junior Chiefs program at Woodstock’s Badger Creek Park, was a series of 7-on-7 passing tournaments spread over two days. On Friday, was pool play and tournaments for the varsity and junior varsity programs, while Saturday featured competition for seventh- and eighth-grade teams.
Each team played its guaranteed five games, but Saturday’s championship tournaments were expedited in order to get the teams on the road before thunderstorms hit the area.
“We had to cut the middle-school portion off a little early,” Sequoyah assistant coach Tom Sheehan said. “Everybody got all their games in, but we had to cut the playoff part short. We got lucky, and the bad weather missed us, but we cut it short to get everybody out of there.”
Sequoyah, one of the two local varsity programs to participate, advanced to the semifinals before losing by two points to North Forsyth. That set up a championship game between North Forysth and defending Class AAAA state champion Griffin, which ultimately won.
The Sequoyah varsity team went 6-1 overall, settling for third.
King’s Academy, the Woodstock-based home-school program formerly known as Crown Athletics, only managed one win, beating East Hall, but it held its own in a loss to Griffin.
King’s Academy participated with only 21 players and two coaches, against far more established, and larger, Georgia High School Association-affiliated programs.
Other division winners included Sequoyah (seventh grade) and Eagle’s Landing Christian (eighth grade).
On the day of the junior varsity tournament, one team dropped out because it didn’t have enough players, leaving only four teams in that division. The group played a round-robin style through the morning.
Sheehan said the Sequoyah football program plans to sponsor the event again next year, though a date hasn’t been set.
“It was really good for everybody that was there,” Sheehan said. “It was hot, but everybody got through it. It was a successful day. I think everybody, on both days, got better at what they were trying to do. The middle schools don’t get to do that a lot, so they took advantage of the six games that each team played. It was a good event for everybody.”
Sheehan said it would not have been possible to have the event without the help of countless parents and booster club members.
“They really stepped up and helped out big time,” he said.