Larry Blustein

FRIDAY FOCUS: TOC 7 on 7 Football/Basketball Challenge

As many events are held across the country for high school football prospects during the summer, keeping it at home is always refreshing.

Because everyone across the nation always wants to see Florida prospects - especially those from south Florida - there are few events locally for the fans to see.

This Saturday - starting at 8 a.m. at Coral Gables High School - that all changes as the 11th Annual Tournament of Champions 7 on 7 Football Challenge, Lineman Competition and Basketball Tournament will take place, showcasing some of the best talent anywhere in the country.

Under the direction of longtime supporter Wesley Frater and his staff, the event is expected to be among the best ever - with gifted athletes doing their thing all over campus.

In addition to 7-on-7 competition, fans will be able to see some of the big men compete in the Lineman Challenge - lifting, carrying hundreds of pounds and seeing what team can push a pickup truck the fastest.

“This is going to be one of those days that will give back to this community and present some spirited competition,” Frater pointed out. “It’s time top grab a spot under one of the many trees - or bring your tent and chairs.”

With plenty of music, sun, BBQ, cold drinks and a chance to see the athletes everyone is talking about nationally, this is indeed a day that people will be talking about the rest of the summer.

The first football and basketball games will start at 8 a.m. - with the linemen doing their thing at the same time. For just $10, you will get to see it all - and fans are already making plans.

“The great thing about this event is we are bringing all the talent you read about all year together in one place,” Frater explained. “Basketball talent, linemen and athletes making it happen on the football fields with 7-on-7 competition.”

Bringing the best high school football programs together promises to make this Saturday very special as the host Coral Gables Cavaliers (Coach Roger Pollard) will join Miami-Dade County programs expected to be on hand including Coach Luther Campbell’s Edison Red Raiders, Coach Tim “Ice” Harris and the always competitive Booker T. Washington Tornadoes, the Southridge Spartans and two-time defending state champion Northwestern Bulls - with head coach Max Edwards coming off a UCF 7-on-7 title.

Other teams from Miami-Dade included Coach Ahmad Ward’s  Homestead Broncos, Coach Benedict Hyppolite and powerhouse Carol City,  Coach Joe Morgan’s American Patriots, Coach Scott Daniels and his Jackson Generals, Coach Corey Smith’s Miami High Stingarees and Coach Tyronn Johnson’s Hialeah-Miami Lakes Trojans.

From Broward County, head coach Gerald Cox and his Coconut Creek Cougars will be on hand with Coach Eddie Frasier’s 6A power Fort Lauderdale Dillard and Coach Cecil McNair’s South Plantation Paladins.

In addition, East Lee High from the Fort Myers area will be on hand for the event. The Jaguars are coached by Johnny Brown, Jr.

The Final 4 will be played at 11:30 and the championship will be held at 12 noon.

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