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Palm Beach Shootout this Saturday

Over the past five years, there are very few areas that can boast as many state titles as Palm Beach County has brought home on the football field.

This Saturday, some of those elite teams and players will put it on the line in the impressive Palm Beach Shootout, which gets under way at 9 a.m. at Palm Springs Recreation Center near Lake Worth.

This has been the one tournament that attracts some of the elite Palm Beach programs along with a few others from around the region.

The schools schedule to be at the event includes Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Delray American Heritage, Palm Beach Central, John I. Leonard, Riviera Beach Suncoast, Inlet Grove, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, Park Vista, Pahokee, and Miami-Dade County programs Doral Academy and powerhouse Dade Christian.

Dwyer finished second in last Saturday's Nike 7-on-7 in Hialeah, and have some more impressive athletes to showcase, including Faton Bauta and Bobby Puyol. Both play quarterback for the Panthers.

American Heritage is another program loaded with talent and have done extremely well all summer at 7-on-7s. John I. Leonard is one of those teams to watch. They have a number of quality, young athletes.

If you attended the Dolphins Academy event, Cardinal Newman made the finals against Miami Jackson, and it was quarterback Brett Benes and UM great Steve Walsh who guided the team to that surprising finish.

Dade Christian will make a rare 7-on-7 tournament appearance, but the Crusaders have a team that is geared for this kind of action with talented quarterback Bilal Marshall, Ryan Janvion and super junior Terrance Alls.