McDonogh 35 reached the semifinals of the AIRo 7-on-7 Southeast Regional Championship Tournament on Saturday in Valdosta, Georgia.
The Adidas-sponsored tournament had 12 total teams coming from Louisiana, Florida and Georgia.
“This tournament will really uplift our players,” McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese said. “Our kids see they can play with some of the other good football teams around the country.”
McDonogh 35 lost to Ribault (Florida) in the semifinals. The Jacksonville, Florida, school went on to win the championship.
“I thought we played really well,” Reese said. “We just ran out of gas because it was so hot. That heat took a toll on our kids.”
The Roneagles were one of four Louisiana teams in the field. They qualified by winning the Louisiana state championships in a tournament at East Ascension in June.
John Ehret, Landry-Walker and West St. John were also in the tournament.
McDonogh 35 defeated Ehret 22-4 to get to the semifinals.
Reese said he is expecting his team’s showing to carry over into the season, where expectations are high this season for the Roneagles.
“We showed that we have some talent too,” Reese said. “It measures the kind of kids we have. Our kids can see it. We brought 20 guys and they all got to play and the (second-stringers) were able to get some confidence. I think this was a plus-plus all the way around for us.”
Mandeville in Hoover tourney
Mandeville competed in the National Select 7-on-7 football tournament that began Friday and concluded Saturday in Hoover, Alabama.
The Skippers, the only Louisiana team in the 32-team field, qualified by winning the Louisiana Qualifier on June 19.
Mandeville went 2-4 in pool play Friday.
In Saturday’s bracket play, Mandeville won its first game, beating Spain Park (Alabama) 28-15.
The Skippers were eliminated after losing 17-8 to Glendale (Missouri).
Mandeville was hoping to become the second straight Louisiana team to win the tournament after Warren Easton won the championship in 2014.
LHSAA, MaxPreps partner
The LHSAA and MaxPreps have announced a partnership agreement that will enable the LHSAA to provide a customized sports information platform for its member schools.
MaxPreps and the LHSAA will offer a publishing platform across desktop, tablet and mobile that will streamline the process of managing sports information from hundreds of member schools and several thousand contests each month.
The partnership enables all box score information published on MaxPreps.com to be automatically provided to the LHSAA for use in managing various initiatives including regular-season standings, power ratings, statistical leaderboards, postseason brackets and media publications.
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, coaches will be required to submit their scores to MaxPreps.com in order to manage these LHSAA data-driven initiatives.
MaxPreps.com is the nation’s most visited site for high school sports coverage. MaxPreps has been on the prep sports scene since 2002 and is partnered with 21 high school state associations.