A group of local high school football players were part of another championship effort over the weekend. The Louisiana Bootleggers, a 7-on-7 team, were co-champions of the LSU 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday.
The Bootleggers were tied with Warren Easton for the top spot in bracket play and the team’s were named Co-Champions.
The Bootleggers included West Monroe players Slade Bolden and Trey Coleman, Chris Fuller of Neville and Cameron Lewis of Wossman.
Lewis is expected to be a defensive back in college and is currently verbally committed to LSU. Lewis played defensive back on the weekend to show his skills in front of the LSU staff but the four-star athlete is expected to play quarterback and defensive back at Wossman for his senior season.
Bolden, the sophomore sensation that burst onto the scene as a playmaking quarterback and wide receiver at West Monroe in 2014, said he felt like the experience of playing with the Bootleggers gave him the chance to test his game against some of the top defensive backs in the country.
“It was a great experience,” Bolden said. “It was my second time to play (at the LSU facilities) and it is a really nice place. We played on the practice fields and the linemen had a camp in the indoor facility. The competition is good and can only make me better.”
Lewis got a chance to see the Tigers facilities up close again.
“It was fun,” Lewis said. “The main thing is competing against these other guys and knowing how to win. You get to see a lot of different types of offenses.”
The group will have a little bit of break now. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association fall football practices begin in two weeks. Teams can hit the field beginning Monday, August 3.
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