Beaverton — The games might not count, it might be summer league, it might even not be “real” football per say, but a competitive spirit still lives in athletes, fans, and coaches alike. On Saturday, Mountainside High School hosted 12 teams from across Oregon in a seven hour tournament. The teams participating were host Mountainside, Central Catholic, Stayton, Corvallis, Aloha, Sherwood, Century, Canby, Franklin, Glencoe, and Forest Grove.
The teams woke up bright and early for this one, with the opening games kicking off at 8:45 AM. Mountainside breezed through most of the day, playing excellent defense along with equally excellent offensive performances on their way to an undefeated record heading into the final. As for Central Catholic, they had to fight through some battles, but they eventually made it and gave themselves a crack at undefeated Mountainside in the final.
In the title game, Mountainside and Central Catholic traded turnovers and scores, with Central Catholic leading 21-14 and possession of the ball late in the game. However, an interception gave Mountainside another crack to tie it, and the Mavericks scored to send the game into overtime. In the one play overtime sessions, Mountainside and Central Catholic traded scores, making it to a third overtime when the Rams stopped Mountainside in the corner of the end zone to give themselves a chance to win it. Central Catholic capitalized on it, nailing a middle route in the end zone to take the 7v7 title over host Mountainside.
Central Catholic Head Coach Steve Pyne emphasized that it wasn’t about the win, its about getting better, “Everyone is competitive and wants to win, but that’s not the point here, we do these things so guys can get as many reps as they can get and get better. Throughout the day I felt we started off slow and got better as the day went along, and that part of it is why we come and feel it is beneficial.”