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Lakewood hosts 7-on-7 Tournament and Lineman Challenge
LAKEWOOD — The Cougars hosted 21 schools from around Washington State at the seventh annual Lakewood 7-on-7 Tournament and Lineman Challenge on Saturday, July 27.
The event included two different portions. One was a passing tournament, where quarterbacks and receivers from one school competed against the defensive line and linebackers from another school. The other was the Lineman Challenge, which included strength competitions, relays and tug of war.
The championship game was played by Bothell and Juanita.
“Bothell beat Juanita by 11 points,” said Lakewood Coach Dan Teeter. “They were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds after the round robin play, so it was a really good match-up.”
“I think was a great day of experience for us. We are in a situation where we graduated our top two quarterbacks, top two receivers and top two running backs. This was the perfect opportunity to get the younger kids some experience,” said Teeter.
The Arlington Eagles competed in the event for the first time this year.
“We normally don’t do these kinds of competitions,” said assistant coach Kevin Andal. “It was great, we are really glad we did it.”
Arlington took third place overall in the lineman challenge.
“They did a 4x100-meter relay race where they carried a football instead of a baton, and everyone crowded around the track and cheered,” said Andal, who noted that the event, along with the Eagles’ team camp and summer scrimmages, has helped bond the team.
“We had our team camp two weeks ago and then competed in full-contact scrimmages at the [University of Puget Sound] team camp,” he said. “The next day, we climbed Mount Pilchuck as a team and that was the most team-building event we’ve done. It was magnificent, and I use terms like that infrequently. It was truly a spectacular experience.”