Male (Kentucky) wins National Select 7 on 7

Male Bulldogs football

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.

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.

Related: Saturday’s winner bracket scores

Past National Select 7 on 7 champs

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)

Related: Friday’s Pool Play Results

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