With 7-on-7 football gaining more and more popularity, the Tennessee Titans have decided to jump on the bandwagon and host their inaugural 7-on-7 passing tournament this summer.
The Titans will play host to more than 190 players from 12 middle Tennessee high school football programs.
Centennial, Clarksvile High, Northeast, East Nashville, Father Ryan, Harpeth High, Kenwood, Lipscomb Academy, Oakland, Page, Rossview and Wilson Central will complete in pool play to determine seeds for a single elimination championship bracket.
“We’re happy to be doing it,” Centennial coach Brian Rector said. “The best part about it is it’s a free competition against some good teams.”
Each team will also be granted a bye in order to take time to attend a character and leadership development presentation put on by former Titans fullback Casey Cramer.
The tournament will take place July 15 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. Thomas Sports Park.
Rector said the games don’t matter, but it will help his team improve and get ready for the real thing when football kicks off Aug. 20.
“Seven-on-seven is not football,” Rector said. “We do it for the competition, we do it for the fun and we do it get better at what we do in the fall.”
But that doesn’t change how Centennial will prepare for the tournament.
“We won’t do anything at all different in the 7-on-7,” Rector said. “We will prepare the same in the summer as we do in the fall.”
Reach Sam Brown at 615-259-8232 and on Twitter @SamBrownTN.