From the Sports Desk with Adam Bosworth
Gonzales, Louisiana was the host of the 2015 Airo 7v7 State Championships sponsored by Adidas. The event was held at Spartan Stadium and was hosted by East Ascension. The two day tournament included 29 top high school football teams from Louisiana.
The event kicked off Friday, June 26th with rounds of pool play to determine who the best team was in each group. The teams played for high seeds on the championship bracket. At the end of day one, group winners were St. Paul’s A, Landry Walker, Lutcher, West St. John, St. Paul’s B, and Port Allen. But the final standings meant nothing heading into Saturday, June 28th.
On day two, teams were winning and teams were being eliminated. The final four was eventually set up and it featured top seeded West St. John vs. a surprising McDonogh 35 team, and John Ehret vs. Landry Walker. The first semifinal was shocking as ,top team fell 19-10. The Roneagles of McDonogh 35 punched their ticket to the finals. That was West St. John’s first loss of the tournament. The second semifinal was equally as good as the first, if not better. John Ehret edged high seeded Landry Walker 24-22. An unpredicted final featured two low teams with a lot of heart as John Ehret battled McDonogh 35. The Roneagles continued their Cinderella run through the tournament as they blasted the Patriots 26-4. The victory comes with a very big relief because the past few seasons have not been that great. Their coach Wayne Reese Sr. exclaimed the victory “Was a very exciting thing I witnessed. I’m very proud of those guys.”
The top four teams advance to the Regional Championships in Valdosta, Georgia on July 17th-18th. They will be playing the top teams from both Georgia and Florida.
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