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Northeastern hosts 7-on-7 football tournament

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Virginia'a Lake Taylor High School won Saturday's tournament after defeating Northeastern 20-13 in the championship game.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Northeastern High School football team hosted its first ever 7-on-7 tournament Saturday.

Schools from the area, around the state and Virginia participated in the 12-team event.

Virginia’s Lake Taylor won the tournament after playing three pool play games and advancing as one of the final eight teams. The Titans took down Northeastern in the championship game by a touchdown.

The Titans defeated First Flight in the semifinal while the Eagles beat Booker T. Washington in their semifinal matchup.

The event was officially named the “Athletes for God 7 on 7 Tournament.”

“It was to get kids together and have them understand that we have to put things in perspective,” Northeastern football coach Antonio Moore said. “The reason we’re able to play and compete is because God allowed us to be healthy and able to do it. We just wanted a great day of competing.”

Originally planned to be played at Pasquotank High School, Moore was the creator of the event.

Northeastern has gone to Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps and East Carolina Beast of the East tournaments before, so Moore wanted to be able to start having big 7-on-7 tournament in this area.

For the winners, it was worth the trip whether they won or lost. Lake Taylor coach Hank Sawyer has known Moore for the last two decades and it didn’t take a lot of convincing for Sawyer to bring his players an hour south.

“Competition is always good. There’s a lot of really good teams that came here,” Sawyer said. “It’s fun for the kids and it helps every player out come time for the season. We bond the whole day, too.”

Northeastern fielded two teams as Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank were three local teams that came and participated.

Camden, while not a typical powerhouse like other schools that played Saturday, still got a lot out of the day.

Coach Josh Blood was happy to see his guys put forth the effort they did. Especially since the Bruins that were able to participate made up a young 7-on-7 team.

“The word of the day is experience,” Blood said. “If we get kids out here going against some great competition, you’ve got that competitive nature already ingrained. These guys can be at practice and go against each other all they want, but when you put someone out there with a different color jersey on, it’s on. That’s big for us getting competition.”

Moore plans on this tournament becoming a regular thing at Northeastern.

“I want it to be the start of many in this area,” Moore said. “I think it went well. I imagine we’ll be doing it again the same time next year.”

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