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High school football season is about seven weeks away for most teams across the state, which means that summer camps and 7 on 7 tournaments are in full swing.

Gardendale, approaching its second season under head coach Chad Eads, opened up 7 on 7 season last Thursday with a semifinal showing in Gadsden. The Rockets went 6-2, including a bracket record of 2-1 at the Black Creek Parkway 7 on 7 Passing Tournament.

After notching wins over Huffman (twice), Anniston, Fort Payne and Gadsden City, Gardendale was tripped up by eventual champion Shades Valley 27-23 in the semifinal round. The Mounties went on to top Hueytown 26-25 in the tournament finals.

A full breakdown of Gardendale’s outing can be seen below.

▪ Pool Play: Gardendale 18, Huffman A 12

▪ Pool Play: Albertville 17, Gardendale 16

▪ Pool Play: Gardendale 28, Anniston 6

▪ Pool Play: Gardendale 22, Fort Payne 21

▪ Bracket Round 1: Gardendale 36, Gadsden City B 2

▪ Bracket Round 2: Gardendale 38, Huffman 9

▪ Bracket Round 3: Shades Valley 27, Gardendale 23

The Rockets will be back in 7 on 7 play next Thursday through Saturday at the Hoover City Elite Tournament, which will be played on the Hoover Metropolitan Complex fields. The tournament is expected to draw several in-state schools along with teams from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Gardendale opens up its 2019 season at home against Mae Jemison on Aug. 23.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at

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