The Air Attack 7 on 7 High School Football Tournament Sponsored by the US Army

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The only Louisiana Invitational for the National Select 7 on 7 Tournament.

The major competition in prep football has landed in Louisiana, attracting the top high school football programs in the State. The Air Attack Challenge, sponsored by the US Army, a 7 on 7 Football Tournament pits the best Louisiana High Schools against each other in a preview of the upcoming football season. Pool play begins Friday, June 15th at 10 a.m. and the tournament begins Saturday, June 16th at 8 a.m., with the US Army Championship Game at approximately 1 p.m. All games will be played at the Ward 9 Sportsplex in Pineville, LA. The Air Attack Challenge 7 on 7 Tournament is the premier football competition in Louisiana. Attracting the most competitive teams and stellar players, Air Attack is where champions come to be tested, come to be proven, and come to have fun. Over 600 student athletes throughout Louisiana will make the trip to Central Louisiana to compete against the best in the only National 7 on 7 Invitational in the State. Teams will compete Saturday, June 16 for entry into the National Select 7 on 7 in Hoover, AL.

7 on 7’s have become a new way for high schools to test their best players against each other and get a feel for the upcoming season. It also allows schools to break through the traditional boundaries of school size and districts and play against the best of the best throughout the state. With the advancement of the spread offense, the 7 on 7 has become a vital off season training tool. Perennial powerhouses such as O. Perry Walker, Calvary, Evangel, Zachary, Patterson, and Mandeville will be in attendance, as well as other great teams throughout the State – even Madison-Ridgeland from Mississippi will be participating this year.

Graciously hosting the tournament is the City of Pineville in Central Louisiana. The Ward 9 Sportsplex, one of the best municipal youth sporting complexes in the State, especially for football and open field sports, this location could not be better suited for the Air Attack Challenge 7 on 7 Tournament. “We are excited about hosting this great event, and look forward to its growth year after year,” says Rich Dupree mayor assistant City of Pineville.

This will be an opportunity to showcase the talent and upcoming strengths in the Louisiana prep football season ahead. General admission is $5 per day. Games will also be broadcast live at Understanding the importance of youth sports tourism to local economic development, this camp will be family oriented as well as player-centric. There will be concessions for participants and spectators, jumpers and play areas for children accompanying spectators, meals for participants provided by Raisin Canes, and cool zones provided by the US Army where the participants can get a reprieve from the punishing Louisiana summer. This will become a destination for prep football each and every summer.

Last year the 7 on 7 attracted over 500 spectators throughout the weekend, mostly family of the players, alumni from the schools, and dedicated boosters. However, over the website where the games were broadcast attracted over 60,000 viewers during the two day event - 12,000 viewers during the first two hours of pool play! Event organizers are hoping to repeat that success this year and continue to showcase Central Louisiana in the process.

Participating teams:
Ark-La-Tex: Huntington, Calvary, Evangel, Loyola Prep, Airline
Ark-La-Miss: Bastrop, Madison, Cedar Creek, Riverfield Academy, Madison Ridgeland
SWLA: LaGrange
Cenla: Bolton, Peabody, Jonesboro Hodge, Pineville, Tioga, St Mary’s
SELA: Zachary, Patterson, O. Perry Walker, Istrouma, Vermillion Catholic and Mandeville

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