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7-on-7 tourney a summer sample of football to come

Northglenn team competes in Denver Broncos football tournament


Northglenn aerials contributed to the all the pigskins filling the sky June 14 at Denver All-City Stadium during the first day of the Broncos 7-on-7 football tournament.

The 7-on-7 event is an all-passing, touch football tournament involving backs, receivers and linebackers and defensive backs. The 7-on-7 games provide coaches an opportunity to work with quarterbacks, receivers and defenders on the passing game.

“This is a good program for our players,” Norse assistant coach Chad Carroll said during a break in the action. “It is an opportunity to work on pass patterns and pass defense.”

The Broncos 7-on-7 tournament stretches over four days, June 14-17.

The 2017 edition of the tournament drew almost 100 teams, which were divided into four-team pools for the round-robin play that took up the first three days of the competition.

The 25 pool winners advanced to the June 17 single-elimination tournament held at the Denver Bronco training facility at Dove Valley. Contenders can be from any state classification, 1A to 5A, but they are all seeded based on pool play in the competition to determine the tournament champion.

Northglenn entered pool play June 14, where a touchdown is worth seven points and an interception is worth three points.

The Norse lost the first game to Denver South. After a brief rest, the Norse took the field against Centaurus, which proved to be a heated, see-saw battle.

Northglenn was ahead as time was running out, but Centaurus scored a controversial touchdown with seconds left on the clock to force overtime.

In overtime both teams have four plays from the 20-yard line to score. In overtime, a touchdown is worth six points and the team then tries to add the extra point on one play from the five-yard line.

The score remained tied after the first overtime. In the second overtime, each team gets two plays from the 20-yard line to score. Centaurus won the game 21-13 when they scored and they kept Northglenn out of the end zone. The two tough loses meant the Norse weren’t the pool play winner and didn’t advance to the June 17 championship tournament.

The fall is usually the high school football season but Northglenn, like most schools, has programs to get the players thinking about football and to help sharpen their skills. They come mostly in the summer, and include things like a two-week camp, weight training and 7-on-7 competitions.

“We just completed our two-week full pad camp and scrimmages with Legacy and Denver South,” Carroll said. “We saw good things and we made good progress.”

He said the coaching staff was pleased with the turnout as 132 athletes came out for the football team, which is up from previous years.

“We will be a young team this fall,” Carroll said. “We have a handful of seniors on the roster but the majority of the varsity will be juniors and sophomores who we are seeing come together nicely.”

He said the skill positions on offense and defense are a plus for the team. The Norse will again be in a very tough league but Carroll said expectations are Northglenn will improve on last year’s 2-8 record.

A plus for the team is the return of Devin Scudder at quarterback.

“This is the second year I will be the quarterback and I think the experience I gained last year and the guidance of a great quarterback coach are preparing me to be a much better quarterback in 2017,” Scudder said. “Last year was rough and a steep learning curve. It was a scramble and I was told what to do. This year, I feel I am becoming a better team leader. I am trying to be a better leader, a better listener and a brother to my teammates.”

Scudder is left-handed and he said that is an advantage because it enables him to effectively roll to either side of the formation.

“I want to be a more versatile player this season,” he said. “I can run the ball and will when the opportunity is right. But I don’t want to just depend on my legs and I want to throw the ball accurately to complete the play that gains the most yardage for us.”


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