Ouachita Christian and LaGrange stole the show on the first day of the 2015 West Monroe High School 7-on-7 Tournament at Don Shows Field at Rebel Stadium.
The OCS Gold team and LaGrange went 4-0 in pool play, and will be the top two seeds in the tournament bracket which begins Saturday at 9 a.m.
“We just have a goal of getting better every day,” OCS coach Steven Fitzhugh said. “We played most of the day with only five varsity starters. I think I was as proud today in 7-on-7 then I have ever been.”
OCS fielded two teams and host West Monroe also fielded a red team and blue team. West Monroe Red finished as the sixth-seed and West Monroe Blue will be No. 7.
OCS Gold stayed undefeated by beating West Monroe Red 18-16 in the final game of the day. OCS Gold was led by starting quarterback Grant Fitzhugh who threw a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion late in the game to take the lead and also played defensive back for the Eagles.
“I think the tournament was outstanding,” West Monroe quarterbacks coach Todd Garvin said. “Both of our teams were .500 on the day and we feel good going into bracket play (on Saturday).”
West Monroe Blue was led by senior quarterback Jon Randall Belton. Belton is in his first significant action since last summer when he tore his ACL for the second consecutive season.
“He played all four games,” Garvin said. “He was on target and made good decisions in the first three games. In the fourth game, I think he was a little lethargic and had some conditioning things he can work on. It is something we can improve on throughout the summer.”
Defending Class 4A champion Neville went 3-1 and will be the third-seed. Shreveport-area powerhouse Evangel Christian also was 3-1 and will be No. 4. Southern Lab of Baton Rouge rounds out the top 5.
Rounding out the 12-team field in bracket play will be No. 9 Ouachita, No. 10 Alexandria, No. 11 OCS Green and No. 12 Richwood.
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2015 West Monroe 7-on-7 Tournament (Friday, July 10, 2015)
LaGrange 29, Evangel 13
Southern Lab 26, Richwood 15
Evangel 26, Ouachita 8
Alexandria 26, Richwood 21
Evangel 21, Pineville 10
WM Red 19, Southern Lab 10
Evangel 45, WM Blue 12
Southern Lab 20, Alexandria 19
WM Blue 34, OCS Green 7
OCS Gold 20, Neville 17
Pineville 31, OCS Green 4
OCS Gold 17, Southern Lab 11
LaGrange 29, OCS Green 8
OCS Gold 21, Richwood 14
Ouachita 31, OCS Green 2
OCS Gold 18, WM Red 16
Ouachita 14, Pineville 13
WM Red 28, Alexandria 13
LaGrange 23, WM Blue 16
Neville 37, WM Red 8
WM Blue 29, Ouachita 21
Neville 25, Alexandria 11
LaGrange 37, Pineville 9
Neville 21, Richwood 14