CLEWISTON- U.S. Sugar and the H.E. Hill Foundation are hosting the Nike 7v7 shootout at 1 p.m. on June 19 in Clewiston at Sugarland Park.
In 7 on 7, football players don’t wear pads and there is no offensive or defensive line. Offensive players are considered down when they are touched below the neck by a defender. The game is a showcase for skill positions such as quarterback and wide receiver.
Fans of the Tigers who come out to support them during the 7-on-7 tournament on June 22 can expect to get a small, albeit incomplete, glimpse of how the team may look in their upcoming football season. The Tigers are asking their supporters to wear blue and gold to the tournament.
The Tigers are coming off a great performance in their spring game against the Glades Central Raiders.
Clewiston beat the Raiders 21-14 on May 21. The Tigers jumped out to 14-0 lead in the first half, but Glades Central quarterback Zo’marion Harper rumbled his way into the endzone in the second quarter to make it 7-0. On Clewiston’s ensuing possession, the Raider defense forced a fumble which was returned for a touchdown to tie the game 14-14.
In the opening possession of the third quarter, the Tigers regained the lead on a 30-plus yard touchdown catch by Chauncy Cobb. Cobb helped seal the win with a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped the Tigers run out the clock.
The Tiger defense was swarming the the second half. Glades Cnetral’s Harper usually only had two or three seconds after dropping back before having to scramble out of the pocket to avoid pressure.
“Our kids were ready ,” explained Walker after the game. “It’s a rivalry game. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spring game, regular season, or playoffs. Our kids get jacked up to play Glades Central. I’m just proud of the way they competed.”
The Tigers take the field again to battle other teams from around the region in the 7v7 tournament on June 19.