Stanhope Elmore and G.W. Carver, before officially starting football practice next month, have a big event on their calendars.
The Mustangs and Wolverines will play in a national 7-on-7 tournament that begins Thursday in Hoover.
“These kids have worked hard and are well-deserving,” Stanhope coach Jeff Foshee said after Friday’s state qualifier, which was also in Hoover. “This is big, and it’s a lot of fun.
“It’s not real football, but it’s something for the kids to get together and compete, and we ended up doing pretty well.”
Stanhope and Carver were to play in the championship game of the state qualifier, but inclement weather forced it to be canceled. Instead, both received invitations to the national tournament.
“It’s great competition, a great experience and always a great event,” Carver coach Billy Gresham said. “It’s really good for our kids to compete with players from around the country.
“We’ll see some great teams and great players.”
Running back B.J. Smith stood out for the Mustangs on Friday, Foshee said. Stanhope beat Thompson, Florence, Hoover’s second team and even Carver.
Quarterback Slade Price threw 15 touchdown passes over six games for Carver. Darrian Steele caught six of them and Xavier Lane four. Defensive back Antonio Nelson made five interceptions.
The Wolverines, who won the national 7-on-7 tournament in 2010, beat Thompson, Huffman, Etowah, Hoover’s second team and Pleasant Grove on Friday.