Boiling Springs (South Carolina) didn’t let being a No. 25 seed prevent them from having an outstanding day in the championship bracket of the USA Football 7 on 7 National Championships at Hoover High School in Alabama. The Bulldogs disposed of No. 1 seeded Walton (Georgia) in the quarterfinals and then beat No. 5 McGill-Toolen (Alabama) in the semis before taking-down host and No. 3 seed Hoover 29-17 in the championship game.
The run to the championship was unexpected considering Boiling Springs, the 2016 South Carolina AAAAA runner-up finished 3-3 during pool play. Boiling Springs finished No. 3 in the final 2016 High School Football America South Carolina Top 10.
This year, USA Football, which took over the national championship from the National Select 7on7 last year, is holding three national championships around the country. The National Select 7on7 began at Hoover back in 2002.
Boiling Springs is the first team from South Carolina to win the event at Hoover.
Past National 7 on 7 Champs at Hoover
2016 – McGill-Toolen (Alabama)
2015 – Male (Kentucky)
2014 – Warren Easton (Louisiana)
2013 – Kenton (Ohio)
2012 – Hoover (Alabama)
2011 – Daphne (Alabama)
2010 – Carver (Alabama)
2009 – Hoover (Alabama)
2008 – Har-Ber (Arkansas)
2007 – Hoover (Alabama)
2006 – Shiloh Christian (Arkansas)
2005 – Hoover (Alabama)
2004 – Springdale (Arkansas)
2003 – Thomas Jefferson (Pennsylvania)
2002 – Evangel Christian (Louisiana)
2001 – Daphne (Alabama)
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