For those of you that are surprised by the fact that Male High School from Louisville, Kentucky won the talent-ladened 2015 National Select 7 on 7 passing tournament in Hoover, Alabama, don’t be.
Here’s a couple things to ponder.
First, Male enters this season fourth on America’s all-time high school football wins list with 844 wins. Second, last year the Bulldogs were a perfect 11-0 before losing to 38-31 in overtime to eventual state champ Trinity in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Last year’s fine season was a follow-up to 2013 when head coach Chris Wolfe‘s team finished 12-2, losing to eventual state champ Scott County in the state semifinals.
— National Select 7on7 (@select7on7) July 19, 2015
Led by senior quarterback Hayden Shelton, the Bulldogs ripped through the winner’s bracket undefeated Saturday picking-up impressive wins over two teams that are getting national attention in preseason Top 25 prognostication polls — Oxford (Mississippi) and Mallard Creek (North Carolina). Male defeated the two-time North Carolina champion Mavericks 35-20 in the winner’s bracket final, which sent them into finals where they faced three-time Alabama state champ Hoover, on the Buccaneers’ home turf. In order to win the title, the Bucs needed to beat Male twice under the double elimination format. Hoover, a three-time National Select champion, almost pulled-off the feat. Hoover beat Male 27-24 to force a winner-take-all championship game that saw Male win 20-16.
Post game interview with nationals select 7on7 champion QB Hayden Shelton pic.twitter.com/AdLAQtVQFx
— Coach Wolfe (@LMHSCoachWolfe) July 19, 2015
Past National Select 7 on 7 champs
2001 – Daphne (Alabama)