Topeka, Kan. A 14-hour drive to and from Hoover, Alabama and playing 13 games in three days was enough to strengthen the bond of Topeka High's football team.
Alec Beatty, Topeka High Senior QB said, "There was no easy wins. I think at one point in a game, our corners Touree Thornton and Tyrece Parker were both going up against four and five star recruits. It opened our eyes up a lot."
Walt Alexander, Topeka High Football Coach said, "I think our kids know what D-1 players are like now. because we played teams from 25 different states represented in this tournament. There is so much talent down there. It took us a while to adjust to the style that you had to play down there and the physicality. We had to really step up our game."
Not only did the National 7-on-7 tournament build chemistry, but high caliber opponents exposed the team to a different level of competition.
Topeka High went one and four on the first day, but finished strong with a seven and six overall record. The Trojans also placed sixth out of the 32 teams.