The Colquitt County 7-on-7 team will leave early Thursday to head to Hoover, Ala., for the the National Select 7-on-7 Championship and will open play at 2:30 p.m. against Lassiter High of Marietta.

The Packers will play four of their seven pool play games on Thursday.

They will play three more on Friday morning.

The double-elimination part of the championships will begin Friday evening and continue on Saturday.

The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

All of the National Select 7-on-7 Championships’ games will be webcast on iHigh.com.

Colquitt County coach Rush Propst said 1.7 million people watched webcasts of the tournament last year.

The championships include 32 teams, divided into four pools of eight teams.

Each school will play the other seven teams in its pool before the double-elimination portion of the tournament begins.

The Packers, who are coming of the championship of the Southwestern Georgia 7-on-7 held last weekend at Packer Park, will face Liberty High of Youngstown, Ohio, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in their second Pool D game.

At 4:30 p.m., they will meet Spain Park, one of two teams playing in their home town.

The Bucs of Hoover High, where Propst won five state championships, is the tournament host.

Colquitt will play its final Thursday game at 5:30 p.m. against the Whitehaven Tigers of Memphis, Tennessee.

The Packers’ Thursday games will be played at Regions Park.

On Friday, Colquitt will move to Hoover High School, where they will meet Daphne Ala.) High at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 the Packers will play West Monroe (La.), a 2011 state champion. The Packers final pool play game will be against the Christian Brothers High Cadets from St. Louis, Mo.

There will be no action after the 11:30 a.m. games are completed until Friday evening.

Three others schools the Packers met in 2011 — Grayson, North Gwinnett and Carver-Montgomery (Ala.)  — also are in the field.

The Packers will meet North Gwinnett in the season opener on Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome.

Lovejoy High, which will travel to Moultrie to play the Packers on Sept. 7, also is in the field.

Pool A includes Grayson; Prattville, Ala.; New Canaan, Conn.; Florence, Ala.; Elk Grove, Ill.; Lovejoy, Ga.; Spanish Fort, Ala.; and Shiloh Christian, Ark.

Pool B includes, Olive Branch, Miss.; Central Valley, Pa.; Fayetteville, Ark.; McGill-Toolen, Ala.; Lexington Catholic, Ky.; Wheaton Warrenville South, Ill.; and North Cobb, Ga.

Playing in Pool C are Page,  N.C.; Maine South, Ill.; Hoover, Ala.; North Gwinnett, Ga.; Thomas Jefferson, Pa.; Sherman (Tex.); Foley (Ala.); and Evangel Christian (La.).

The Packers are expected to take some 38 players — quarterbacks, receivers, linebackers and defensive backs — to Hoover.

The rest of the team will remain in Moultrie and continue to work out in preparation of the first day of full pads’ practices, which can begin on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Propst said he is giving the team Monday and Tuesday off.

According to the Georgia High School Association, in the first five days of practice, at least two days must have players dressed only in shorts, helmets, shoulder pads, mouthpieces and shoes.

The other three days can include practices that  have players in full pads, but no more than two consecutive days of the first five can have pull pads in use.

Propst said the Packers will not have full pads practices until Friday, Aug. 3, when the team will work out twice.

Colquitt will then hold a scrimmage at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

NOTES: Propst noted that 75 percent of the seniors from the 2011 team have received some scholarship help to continue to play at the collegiate level.

He estimated that there are 15 players who could receive Division I scholarships over the next two seasons.

“That’s remarkable,” he said. “It allows kids to get out of town and get an education. And it tells the younger players that if you play four years here and start, the chances of going to play college football are pretty good.”

 

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