High schools: State 7-on-7 event at Heritage next week

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 12, 2013 

Thirty high schools are expected to participate in a 7-on-7 football competition July 20 in Wake Forest Heritage.

Each team is scheduled to play four games in what is being called the 7-on-7 state championship.

In 7-on-7 football, the offense uses backs, receivers, a quarterback and a center. The defense has defensive backs and linebackers. The quarterback has to pass within a specified time.

Carolina Elite Football, not Heritage High, is organizing the event and will use the school’s four practice fields and the stadium to play 10 games at a time. The field is 40 yards long.

Jason McGeorge, the Heritage coach, said he expects coaches to use the games in different ways.

Heritage expects to pass only about 20 percent of the time during the season so McGeorge uses the 7-on-7 in the summer to work on the passing game. When official practice begins in August, he spends most of practice teaching the running game.

“To us, the passing league is for working on timing and teaching the passing game,” McGeorge said. “But when I was on David Green’s staff at Leesville Road, we used the passing league to learn how to win and compete.“

Among the area teams in the field are Carrboro, East Wake, Enloe, Franklinton, Durham Hillside, Southern Durham, South Granville, Southern Lee, Wake Forest and Heritage.

NCHSAA teams enter a dead period July 22, meaning teams may not practice. The NCHSAA mandates the two open weeks in the summers.

Soccer all-Americans: Green Hope’s Alexis Shaffer and Alexis Degler and Cardinal Gibbons’ Christina Gibbons took three of the 11 spots on the Elite Soccer Report’s Spring All-America Girls Soccer first team.

Shaffer, a Virginia recruit, and Degler, an Ohio State recruit, led Green Hope to a 28-0 season and the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship. The team lost only one game in their last two seasons and was ranked No. 1 in the country last spring by the Elite Soccer Report (ESR).

Degler, 38 goals and 28 assists, was named the state player of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association and Shaffer, 39 goals and 25 assists, was the North Carolina player of the year by Parade and by ESR.

Gibbons was the North Carolina MVP in the Clash of the Carolinas all-star girls game against South Carolina and was the MVP of the NCHSAA 3A championship game. She has signed with Duke.

Alexandra Kimball of Chapel Hill and Morgan Reid of Cardinal Gibbons were second-team selections along with keeper Marnie Merritt of Cornelius Hough.

UNCG recruits: Daniel Dulaney of Sanderson and Andrew Wantz of Holly Springs have committed to UNC-Greensboro to play baseball.

New coach: Holly Springs has hired Emily Rice as its volleyball coach.

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