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7-on-7 tournament takes on 11-man look

Posted: June 12, 2013 10:23 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 10:23 p.m.

West Ranch quarterback Chase Killingsworth looks down field to throw against Valencia during a passing tournament on Wednesday at Valencia High School.

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A battle at the line is a rare sight at a seven-on-seven passing league tournament. But leave it to the Herrington brothers to make it happen.

The four team tournament at Valencia High School between the host Vikings, Hart, West Ranch and Alemany started off on an unusual note as Hart, led by longtime head coach Mike Herrington, and Alemany, coached by brother Dean Herrington, lined up with full 11-man squads.

The result was a contest that lacked the number of points expected from a passing tournament, but that looked quite a bit like a real football game.

The Indians took the game by a slight 18-12 margin on their way to 2-0-1 record on the day.

The other big story on the night was the sensational performance put together by Valencia junior Jay Jay Wilson.

Wilson finished with a total of six touchdown receptions, and he was equally impressive on defense, snagging two interceptions, one of which was a diving catch that received the single largest cheer from the crowd.

“He is a special player and he plays at a very high level,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “He is a huge part of what we do.

Valencia finished the night with a 1-1-1 record, defeating West Ranch 36-24, tying Hart in a hard fought 36-36 game and coming up just short against Alemany, falling 36-30.

The final SCV team competing in the tournament, West Ranch, failed to pick up a win, but played well throughout the night and tested all three of its opponents.

The highlight for the Wildcats was their 30-30 tie against Alemany, a program that is traditionally among the powers in Southern California.

After the tournament West Ranch head coach Jan Miller, who is entering his first season as the head of the varsity program after formerly working with the Wildcats lower levels, was pleased.

“It’s a work in progress, but I thought we did really well.” Miller said. “We don’t get caught up in the wins and losses of seven-on-seven.”

Alemany ended the night with a 1-0-2 record, but came away looking as talented as advertised.

The Warriors consistently made big plays and displayed a formidable offensive line in the earlier 11-on-11 game against Hart.

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