Phoebus at the Battlefield Shootout at York HS (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Phoebus aims to repeat as champion as 7th annual Battlefield 7-on-7 Shootout locks in its participants
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
It’s always a great feeling when the month of June rolls around because that’s when Coach Doug Pereira and York High School play host to the Battlefield 7-on-7 Shootout on June 8. This year will be the seventh installment of the Battlefield Shootout and the field continues to get stronger by the year. Last year we had 16 teams penciled in for the tournament as Churchland knocked off Nansemond River to win the Gold Bracket and Phoebus knocked off Highland Springs in the Championship Bracket.
This year the field plays slightly weaker in terms of numbers. However, the competition presented will be nothing short of what it has been every single year Coach Pereira has hosted the Battlefield Shootout. Expect the field to be slightly similar to what we saw last year with a few teams dropping out so that a few new teams can drop in. Bethel welcomed two teams last year, but will only have one team participating this time around. Highland Springs, Granby, Woodside, Nansemond River, Poquoson, Randolph-Henry, Lake Taylor, Salem, West Point and Churchland have decided to take the year off. This year’s field is as follows:
Ø Western Branch
Here’s what we know
Registration started last year around 9:00 a.m. and tournament play started at 10:00 a.m. Expect that to be the same this year unless otherwise stated. Round-robin play begins during the morning hours with a break allotted near lunch time. Seeding will be dealt and teams will be placed into appropriate brackets based upon their play during the round-robin stage during the morning. Registration is now closed and all participants are currently locked into their position. The format will remain the same as it has been in recent years and the goal continues to be to provide all programs involved an opportunity to engage in three specific elements.
“The goal of every team basically involves three things: Installation/practice of passing game on both sides of the ball, competition, and keeping everyone healthy,” Coach Doug Pereira told recruit757. “Our goal at York is to provide an opportunity for those three elements in a structured and efficient manner.”
– Brandon Mitchell