GREEN BAY — 7-on-7 high school football passing tournaments put the spotlight on quarterbacks, which is convenient in Northeast Wisconsin. Former pro quarterback Chris Greisen hosted his second Midwest Elite 7 on 7 Tournament on Saturday at Notre Dame Academy.
12 schools took part in the tournament, several featuring quarterbacks garnering college attention. Ashwaubenon’s James Morgan, a Bowling Green commit faced Bay Port and Alec Ingold who made his pledge to Northern Illinois in the tournament’s final game. More quarterbacks at the tournament, including Tyler Johnson from Menasha and Charlie Rotherham from Notre Dame are being eyed by smaller colleges.
“It’s really a hot bed for young quarterbacks, and really there’s some great talent in other positions, too,” said Greisen, who is currently an assistant coach at Notre Dame. “We’re excited to have them all here along with these teams, it just makes these teams a whole lot better.”
Ashwaubenon won the title among high school teams. Their reward was taking on a team of pros, including Greisen who played in the NFL and Arena Football League. Ashwaubenon won that game, too, 30-26.
Other players taking part in the games appreciated the experience of facing other top teams as they get ready for the season.
“There’s a lot of fast people out here, so it’s hard to keep up with them,” said Little Chute senior safety Spencer VanDeurzen. “We’re a pretty fast team, so it works out pretty fine.”
The teams all played several pool games before advancing to a knockout round. The games were played on 25-minute running clocks.
“A lot more competitive teams here, teams we might see in the playoffs so it gets us really ready for the regular season,” said Menasha wide receiver and cornerback Jadin Sell.