Opinion

July 8, 2014

Satisfy your football fix this weekend

Despite the presence of baseball, NASCAR, the World Cup and other sporting events, we are ready for some football. It’s an unfortunate time for gridiron fans as we wait for these dates circled on our calendars: Aug. 22, Aug. 27 and Sept. 4.

Aug. 22 is the start of local high school football, Aug. 27 marks the first college football game and Sept. 4 kicks off another NFL season.

But for those who need a football fix in July, look no further than this weekend’s Daily Citizen Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship. The tournament, sponsored by Astroturf, returns Saturday and Sunday with 32 teams coming to Dalton from 10 states. The tournament field includes 15 schools from Georgia. Other states represented are Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.

The Southeastern’s 32-team pool is divided into four eight-team groups for the first day and two 16-team brackets for Sunday’s double-elimination tournament round. The top four teams in each group reach the championship bracket, and the bottom four are in the consolation bracket.

Admission to all games is free and the games begin at noon on Saturday. They will be played at Christian Heritage School, Dalton High School, the James Brown Recreation Center and Lakeshore Park. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.se7on7.com.

In addition to catching a preview of the local teams, you’ll be treated to some of the top football recruits in the nation. And let’s not forget about the money the event brings into town. The tournament’s economic impact — money spent in the area as a result of the tournament’s presence — was $420,000 last year, according to figures from the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department.

This weekend, we encourage football fans — either causal or devout — to check out the Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship. Not only will you see quality football, you’ll also help our community.

 

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