Middle-schoolers have national goals
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
December 18, 2013 12:56 AM | 1337 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While some of their older counterparts are preparing for high school showcase games, a few Cherokee County middle-schoolers will have their own chance to shine in this weekend’s Football University championship tournament.

The event, which features 64 teams from the United States and Canada playing in three division based on grade level, works up to a national champion being crowned in San Antonio in early January.

Competing in the sixth-grade division will be Bailey Cannady and John Williams. Cannady is a part of Cherokee’s junior program, while Williams is with the Creekview Junior Grizzlies.

The seventh-grade division will include Hampton Humphries and McKinley Hunter, who both play in the Cherokee program.

The eighth-grade group includes Drew Lewis, Cameron Gales, Noah Sherburn and Harrison Markham. Lewis, Gales and Sherburn play together with the Sequoyah Junior Chiefs, while Markham is part of the Woodstock Junior Wolverines.

The nine players were selected for their respective teams from a group of more than 12,000 players who tried out. Only 6,000 athletes were invited to join the all-star teams for their respective regions or states.

All three teams competed in the opening rounds Dec. 7-8. The sixth-grade team won both days and will now play in the region finals Saturday and Sunday in Buford.

The team — dubbed “GMSAA Georgia” for Georgia Middle School Athletic Association — will play against a team from Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday at noon. The winner of that game will go on to play the winner of a game between South Charlotte and South Florida.

The winner of that game, to be played Sunday, will be in the semifinals. The top half of the bracket has already been decided, with teams from Oregon and Massachusetts earning those spots.

The final four teams travel to San Antonio for the national championship, which will take place Jan. 3-5.

The seventh-grade team split its opening-round games, as did the eighth-graders.

More information about the event, including tournament brackets, can be found at fbunc.com.
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