LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Afton went 5-4 during the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South held here Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17.
“I was really pleased with our kids’ effort and how we held up with the heat,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “If we had been more fresh, I think things could have gone differently, but that’s just part of it.”
The Eagles went 3-2 on Friday and 2-2 during Saturday’s tournament play.
In pool competition, the Eagles beat Springdale, Arkansas, 35-30; Springfield (Missouri) Glendale Blue, 23-21 and Maumelle, Arkansas, 33-28.
The Eagles dropped a 30-7 decision to Delhi, Louisiana, in pool play.
“It was a pool play game that didn’t matter so we played them with our JV kids just to let them get some reps,” Gardner said. “That was one of our losses, but I felt it could have been a win. Strategy-wise, we didn’t play it that way and we were trying to rest our kids.”
They also suffered a 37-28 loss against the Searcy (Arkansas) JV.
Benton, Arkansas, topped the Eagles 32-7 in regional bracket play then they came back to beat the Searcy JV 30-21.
“We didn’t play very well against Benton then went on a little run and got some wins,” Gardner said.
The Eagles were eliminated with a 42-14 loss to PA Blue (JV).
“We lost our legs by that point,” Gardner said. “Everybody else was two-platooning and had a different offense and a different defense and we had a lot of the same kids going both ways.”
Allen, Texas, beat Springdale (Arkansas) 38-29 in the championship game and Maumelle came back to win the consolation bracket 42-28 against Pulaski Blue.
“We beat some good teams and I was pretty proud of that, but you always hope for more,” Gardner said. “We took 21 kids, got after it and got better.”
The Eagles began passing league competition Monday night in Joplin.