The New Brockton High School football team hosted seven other teams from around the Wiregrass in a 7-on-7 Football Tournament on July 13.

Joining the Gamecocks were Providence Christian, Elba, Florala, Chipley (Fla.), Highland Home, GW Long and Ariton.

“I had a goal of trying to do that – to host that here – and bring in a bunch of teams in the Wiregrass,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes said of the tournament. “I think it’s a really good thing to have so you can compete against other teams and it’s really good for the athletes to be around other athletes and experience how other people do stuff.”

While New Brockton lost its first two games in pool play – to Highland Home and Elba – they were able to bounce back headed into the elimination rounds.

“We kind of waded into (pool play), which is something I’ve been talking to our guys about,” Holmes said. “When it comes to competition you can’t wade in, you have to jump in with both feet.

“We waded in and got beat in our first pool play game (against Highland Home) and in our second pool play game there was a point where Elba was playing with a better edge than us. We had enough of it and we proceeded to start playing with an edge and getting after it. From that point forward I was really proud of our guys.”

New Brockton beat Florala in the final game of pool play and then entered the quarterfinals of the tournament as the No. 6 seed and picked up a win over the No. 3-seed Highland Home, avenging their first loss of the day. While New Brockton lost to eventual tournament champion GW Long in the semifinals, Holmes was proud of the way his squad finished the day out.

“I thought there was some growth there,” Holmes said. “Those things are all about being better at the end than when you started and I think we for sure did that.”

New Brockton will host Zion Chapel on June 27 for an organized team activity as the final team competition before fall camp starts on Aug. 2.

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