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Annual Stony Brook 7 on 7 Tournament

Posted Sunday, July 25, 2010 by SachemPatch.com

On the sweltering turf at Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium the last thing you'd expect to see in the mid-summer heat was high school football.

But 24 schools from the tri-state area, including Sachem High School North who made the trip to play in the annual Stony Brook 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.

North finished the afternoon with a 4-1 Record.

Teams play on 25 yards of field and receive one point for every touchdown they throw. They have four downs to make a first down and quarterbacks have four seconds to throw the ball. Games are 30 minutes apiece, with two 15-minute halves.

"It lets our team work together, get to know each other, become a family, a team and get real tight," said North senior Jesse Scanna.

Wearing Under Armour battle shirts, specially crafted to fight the heat, which was close to 100 degrees – and even hotter on the turf – North's only loss was against St. Joseph's Preparatory, a powerhouse from Philadelphia. It beat St. Peter's 3-2, Plainedge 4-2 and finished the day with a 4-1 win over Stepinac from Westchester, who won the CHSFL AA Division title last season. The Flaming Arrows also grabbed six interceptions in the four games.

East lost to William Floyd and New Cannan from Connecticut and beat East Hampton, Bayport-Blue Point and Newfield.

"In basic seven on seven's a lot of teams aren't doing things they normally do, especially defensively, during the year," said North head coach Dave Falco. "We try to keep it as close as possible to the stuff we're going to do in the fall, and use it as a learning experience.  It's a great team building experience for us."

Training camp starts in mid August.

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