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Jupiter Christian will play for national title

While Booker T. Washington and Pahokee officially came in first and second at the regional adidas 7on7 tournament at the University of Central Florida last month, the two teams who were booted from the Nike event in Miami for fighting, will not be rewarded by playing for a national championship in Atlanta on July 30-31.

Instead of Pahokee defending its national title, the Blue Devils, along with the Tornadoes, we'll watch a team that finished in the final four in the Orlando event, Jupiter Christian, head off as the lone Florida representative.

Coach Bill Powers and his defending 1B state champion Eagles will join six other teams at Silverback Stadium in Atlanta to compete for the adidas 7on7 national championship.  More than 200 teams across the country have competed in five regional tournaments this summer for the opportunity to play in the adidas 7on7 finals.

Jupiter Christian lost just once in that two-day event in Orlando, and that came in the semifinals against Booker T. Washington by a TD.
 
The first day at the adidas 7on7 finals consists of round-robin pool play, with the single elimination championship tournament on Thursday July 31st.  Finalists qualified at regional tournaments hosted by Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.), Texas A&M (College Station, Texas), and University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.).  Finalists include:

* Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles)
* Concord High School (Elkhart, Ind.)
* Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn.)
* Jupiter Christian High School
* Mesquite High School (Mesquite, Texas)
* Richland High School (Ft. Worth, Texas)
* Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (Springfield, Ill.)

Now in its fourth year, the adidas 7on7 Football Tournament has become a proving ground for young football players and a hot bed for top college recruits.  The tournament allows skill position players to refine their timing and teamwork before their high school season begins and helps players stay in shape year round through competitive playing and conditioning.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

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