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.