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7-on-7 tourney a success

Published 9:52am Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It looks like the 7-on-7 passing scrimmage has found a new audience: middle school athletes.
Eltoro Freeman, through his Two-1 training program, hosted the first-ever 7-on-7 tournament for middle school athletes this past weekend.
According to the former Benjamin Russell standout, the event was a huge success.
“It was such a blessing to see so many people interested in it,” Freeman said. “We had a great time out there.”
Sixteen middle schoolers showed up to the event, and they were split into two teams:   the “Swag” team and the “Swag-Stoppers.”
They faced off in a best-of-three series of games, with the Swag team coming out on top in two of the contests.
Lucas Roberts amd Rob Jackson served as quarterbacks during the event, and both are in competition to lock down the starting slot for the Alexander City Middle School Wildcats football team.
Jackson was named the MVP of the match-ups.
“Both kids did a great job,” Freeman said. “Tae Young was here, and he tutored both of them through the day.”
According to Freeman, the event was well-received by the participants, so much so that they are clamoring for the next one.
“The kids were begging me to hold another one next weekend or next month,” Freeman said. “I want to do one once a year, and I want to get our girls involved as well.”
Freeman said some ideas he had for future events like this one included volleyball and basketball tournaments.
“I just want to give the kids something to look forward to,” Freeman said. “Alexander City doesn’t really have these things for the kids, and I want to bring that here. Growing up, I used to wish that someone could come back and host something like this, and I thank God that he’s allowed me to do that.”
Freeman thanked Young, former junior college teammate Michael Williams, school superintendent Dr. Darrell Cooper, and ACMS principal Dr. Beverly Price for their involvement.
“Without them, none of this would be possible,” Freeman said.

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