Excuse Legacy football coach Wayne Voorhees if he is a little bit giddy about how his team performed at the Denver Broncos annual 7-on-7 tournament at Dove Valley last week.
After all, he watched last season after Fairview beat his team in the finals and then went on last fall to a state runner-up finish in Class 5A.
So naturally, after the Lightning blasted Cherokee Trail 34-14 in this year’s final, the first thing Voorhees reminded he team was that very fact.
“Our kids are excited and I think it just adds that much more confidence. We scrimmaged well last week and I thought we had a pretty good showing,” Voorhees said. “I see a lot of positives coming forth.”
Legacy will join teams from the other 31 NFL markets in Indianapolis July 13-16 for the NFL HSPD 7-on-7 National Tournament Championships. The Broncos will cover team expenses for airfare, hotel, food, and transportation. NFL Films will shoot the games and show it on the NFL Network. The 2014 National 7-on-7 Tournament will take place at the Colts’ training facility. Teams will compete in one day of pool play before a single-elimination tournament.
The third time was a charm for the Voorhees and the Lightning, who have entered the tournament every year since its inception. After advancing out of pool play, the Lightning opened up with a thrilling first round win over Elizabeth 38-31.
“We played very well from there on out,” said Voorhees, whose team beat the Cardinals on the last play of the game.
In the quarterfinals, Legacy blew out John F. Kennedy 41-21 to set up a semifinal game against Columbine. The Lightning, behind recent Colorado State commit — quarterback Matt Lynch — edged the Rebels 28-27 to advance to the title game.
The Lynch and Co. showed off on both sides of the ball against Cherokee Trail, beating the Cougars 34-14 to move on to Indianapolis.
“Our defense in pool play only gave up 14 points in three games,” Voorhees said. “They are a year older, a year more experienced, we’ve got some different guys in some new spots and our kids are already playing hungry.
And that is the big thing, when you play like that, good things are going to happen.”
Voorhees was pleased with Lynch’s play, admitting that there were a few mistakes along the way, but all in all it was a very solid performance from the junior-to-be.
“He played really well last year when we played in the tournament and he played very well and everybody has a few miscues in these type of deals,” Voorhees said.
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