GHS hosts 7-on-7 middle school tournament


GRAFTON—The Grafton High School football program hosted a 7-on-7 middle school football tournament at McKinney Field on Saturday as six teams took the field to battle it out.

The teams who participated were Taylor County (who fielded an “A” team and a “B” team), Preston, North Marion, Mountaineer Middle (Harrison County), and Jackson Middle (Wood County).

The rules are quite different in a 7-on-7 tournament and here are just a few of the unique modifications.

Each game is played on a 40-yard field and each team has four chances to get 20 yards. On offense, teams receive six points for a touchdown, one point for a conversion from the 5-yard line or two points from the 10-yard line, and one point for defensive pass interference with a replay of the down. On defense, teams get one point for an interception and one point for pass interference with a replay of the down.

The final standings saw Jackson Middle come in first after defeating runner-up Taylor County A in the championship game, then Taylor County B in third, followed by North Marion in fourth, Preston in fifth, and Mountaineer Middle in sixth.

“I thought our kids played pretty well,” said Taylor County Middle School Head Coach Bobby Beltner. “Obviously we have some things to work on but we are on the right track.”

Also included in the 7-on-7 was the always popular “linemen challenge.” There were multiple events within the challenge which included a 40-yard dash, agility drills, bench press, two-man sled, speed sled, two-man tire flip, agility bag relay, and a tug-of-war tournament.

The final standings again saw Jackson Middle come in first place followed by Preston, Taylor, Mountaineer, and North.

“We were short-handed in the lineman challenge,” Beltner added, “but the boys that were there stepped up and competed.”

When asked about his thoughts on the entire event, Beltner had this to say. “I have to give credit to the high school football program for an awesome tournament. I have heard a lot of positives from the other teams and their coaches.”

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