Fiesta Bowl teaming up with AIA for 7-on-7 football tournament

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Fiesta Bowl is teaming up with the Arizona Interscholastic Association for the first Fiesta Bowl 7-on-7 Passing Tournament for high school teams.

They are now accepting entries for the tournament that will be held June 25-26 at Brophy College Preparatory.

The tournament is a non-tackle tournament that will be run by the AIA, kicking off on Friday night. Each team will play four games to determine seeds for a double elimination tournament on Saturday.

Game are free and open to the public at the Brophy Sports Complex.

The tournament relies on passing and most likely will be a offensive display of some of the states top quarterbacks and receivers.

“We are excited about teaming up with the AIA and Brophy College Preparatory to present this event,” Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board Duane Woods said. “This tournament is a natural fit for the Fiesta Bowl because it promotes teamwork and sportsmanship, and it will help Arizona high school football players hone their skills. We’re grateful to the AIA for managing the event and to Brophy for providing access to its first-class facilities.”

Each team will play at least six games. There is no entry fee.

“The AIA is thrilled to move forward on this opportunity with the Fiesta Bowl, providing another opportunity for the students of Arizona to participate and represent their school,” AIA Executive Director Harold Slemmer said. “We are looking forward to growing this relationship and additional opportunities.”

Each game will last 30 minutes and by played on a 50-yard field. The offense will have a quarterback, a center and five receivers. Similar to a flag football game, ball carriers are ruled to be down when touched by a defender. Touchdowns will be worth six points and PATs are played from scrimmage and worth one point. The defense does have the ability to score.

Coaches interested in entering their teams may call tournament director Gene Nudo at (602) 684-7237.

“It helps develop the timing between quarterbacks and receivers in non-contact situations, and it helps coaches prepare their defenses for the passing game and the 2-minute drill,” said tournament director Gene Nudo, former head coach and general manager of the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. “The most important thing in 7-on-7 is it builds camaraderie and sportsmanship, which is what the AIA stands for.”
Games will be played on two fields, one with field turf and the other with natural grass. Friday’s games begin at 5:30 p.m. and pick back up Saturday morning, with games beginning at 8:00 a.m.