Warren Easton wins 7-on-7 national championship _lowres

Photo provided by Brandon Speck -- Warren Easton efeated Spanish Fort, Ala., to win the National Select 7-on-7 football tournament Saturday in Hoover, Ala.

Warren Easton High School won the National Select 7-on-7 tournament championship Saturday with a 28-13 victory over Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Hoover, Alabama.

“It feels good to finally win a championship,” Easton receiver Tyron Johnson said. “I have never won a championship before.”

Easton finished 12-1 in the tournament that began Friday. The Eagles went 6-1 in Friday’s pool play before winning the next six games on their way to the title.

“To compete in a competitive environment and win is always a great feeling,” Easton coach Tony Hull said. “It’s a whole lot of work that goes into this. To see the benefits of your hard work is amazing.”

Hull is hoping that the success will spill over into the regular season. The Eagles enter the season as one of the favorites in Class 4A, returning almost the entire roster from last season’s squad that finished 10-3 and reached the quarterfinals.

“I’m going to try my best for this to carry over into the season,” Hull said. “When you work hard and do things the right way, this is what happens.”

Johnson, the nation’s top-ranked receiver, agreed.

“All of the hype in Louisiana is for us to win it,” he said, “so now we have to try to live up to the hype.”