For two days, some of the best high school football players in the country will put on a show at different locations in the Carpet Capital of the World.
So sit back and enjoy.
The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, sponsored by AstroTurf, begins Saturday at four locations in Dalton and concludes Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park. The fourth annual edition of the tournament will feature 32 high school football teams vying to be the best seven-on-seven squad.
“The Daily Citizen staff has been hard at work at all of the sites to ensure that we provide a fan-friendly experience as well as a great tournament for the participants,” said Gary Jones, The Daily Citizen’s advertising director. “We want everyone to leave Dalton with nothing but good things to say about our town, the event, the facilities and our hospitality.”
Seven-on-seven competition is a modified version of football in which only passing is allowed and there are no offensive or defensive lines. Because there’s no tackling — players wear helmets but no other pads — a play ends when a ball carrier is touched with at least one hand below the neck by an opposing player.
Saturday morning, the teams will split into four eight-team pools. The top four from each pool advance to Sunday’s double-elimination championship tournament, and the bottom four in each pool compete Sunday in a double-elimination consolation bracket.
A full schedule and list of teams is available on the tournament’s website, southeastern7on7.com.
Christian Heritage, Coahulla Creek, Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield are the five local teams in the field. The rest come from as far south as Florida, as far west as Louisiana and Missouri, and as far north as Illinois.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about it,” said Coahulla Creek coach Chad Barger, who was hired in January. “You get to see different talent levels and different kids. You get different philosophies and multiple looks.”
Admission is free for spectators at all locations — Christian Heritage School, Dalton High School, James Brown Sports Complex and Lakeshore Park — and concessions will be available, although options may vary depending on the location. “Turf Wars,” a publication with details on the tournament, will be available free at each location.
For those planning to come for an extended time, Jones said it will be wise to bring chairs and tents.
“There is a good bit of bleacher space,” he said, “but bleachers tend to be very hot this time of year.”
Jones also said there will be T-shirts, fans and other merchandise available for purchase at each location.
Dalton will play Saturday in the pool at its on-campus practice field — along with Coahulla Creek — while Christian Heritage will play Saturday on its field. Northwest plays Saturday at Lakeshore Park and Southeast plays at the James Brown Sports Complex. All fields use a synthetic turf surface. Lakeshore Park will host each bracket’s championship game Sunday afternoon.
Article Originally published by Devin Gold at The Dalton Daily Citizen.