The Fairview Knights made noise in the AFC West and held their own against the NFC West.
If the club can avoid what it believes were very correctable errors they committed Friday in Cleveland, a deep playoff run could be next for the Knights.
Fairview turned in a solid performance during the first round of pool play at the NFL's national 7-on-7 finals, perhaps setting the stage for bigger things to come when the competition continues on Saturday.
"We were definitely pleased with how we competed," said Fairview coach Tom McCartney, whose club went 3-2 on Friday. "There were a couple mistakes we made though that I'd say were uncharacteristic, and I think the guys came away feeling like it could have been even better."
As the winners of the Denver Broncos' statewide 7-on-7 competition, Fairview was part of the AFC West pool, where the Knights defeated the Chiefs and the Raiders while losing to the Chargers. Those squads then continued pool play against the NFC West, with Fairview notching another win against the Seahawks before losing to the Cardinals.
"Even with those setbacks, we're still feeling like we can get some things done," McCartney said. "The guys are in a good frame of mind and are excited about what they can do (Saturday)."
Fairview continues the competition with its final pool play matches against the 49ers and Rams on Saturday. From there, the competition moves to an elimination phase, beginning with divisional play with the top seeds taking on the No. 4 seeds while the No. 2's take on the No. 3's. That will be followed by divisional championship games and the conference playoffs, all of which lead up to the 7-on-7 Super Bowl.
McCartney lauded the organization of the event, as hundreds of high school players from across the country have been treated to conferences and symposiums hosted by current and former NFL personnel. On Thursday night the Knights attended a speech given by former NFL star Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, and the Knights and a contingent of Fairview parents that made the trip still are planning a pilgrimage to the NFL Hall of Fame on Sunday.
"As a coach, you love having your guys hear from people that have had those sorts of cool experiences," McCartney said. "I know the guys are thrilled to be here."
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