Tuesday, June 18, 2013
High school football teams will put their skills players to the test this month at Fort Dorchester High School.
The Patriots will host their fourth annual Air it Out seven-on-seven passing tournament June 29. This year 20 teams from multiple divisions will participate in the tournament, which is designed to help teams develop their skills players prior to the opening of summer practice.
“We will have teams from public and private schools that play in divisions 4-A, 3-A and 2-A,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Most will be local teams but we do have some coming from other parts of the state. It’s basically an opportunity for schools to give their guys a good workout.”
This year the competition has a new sponsor, Seattle Seahawks corner back Byron Maxwell. LaPrad says having his former player as a sponsor helps keep the registration costs down which in turn makes the tournament more appealing.
“This is a fundraiser for the football program but we try to keep our entry fee lower than most passing camps,” LaPrad said. “Also we let teams bring as many players as they want at no extra cost so if they want to use both their experienced players and some of their younger kids they can.”
The tournament is open to the public at no charge so it provides football fans a glimpse into which local teams might feature a dangerous passing attack in the fall. A concessions stand will be open.
Beginning at 10 a.m., each team will participate in four to five seven-on-seven scrimmages during which they will receive points for each touchdown pass, conversion pass, interception and defensive stop they make. Midway through the tournament, teams will be divided into two, single-elimination divisions according to record. The final for each division is expected to begin around 3 p.m.
After skipping last year’s tournament, Summerville will return to play this summer. Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester typically field two teams in the competition. In addition to other teams from the Charleston tri-county area, teams from Sumter, Bluffton and South Florence will compete.
Last year Fort Dorchester handed Brookland-Cayce a 33-0 loss in the finals to claim the Division 1 championship for the tournament. Hanahan beat Bishop England 33-13 in the Division 2 championship.
Division winners from previous years include South Florence, Ashley Ridge and Bishop England.
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