Time for skill players to Air it Out

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stratford quarterback Jamison Mobbs ROB GANTT/GAZETTE

Fort Dorchester High School will host the annual Byron Maxwell Air it Out Passing Tournament this weekend.

Fans will have the opportunity to get a glimpse into how potent of a passing attack certain teams may have in the fall as 18 squads compete Saturday in the seven-on-seven passing tournament. Admission is free. Games on multiple fields begin at 10 a.m.

“It will be competitive so it's a good opportunity for fans to see some athletes in action,” Fort Dorchester Athletic Director/Coach Steve LaPrad said. “We've been hosting passing camps every Thursday but those are more for coaching. Teams have to pay a fee to participate Saturday so there will be a different feel. We keep score so more emphasis is put on having a good showing as opposed to teaching the players.”

This is the fifth summer the Patriots have hosted the tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the FDHS football program. Last year Maxwell, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and Fort Dorchester Alum, became the sponsor for the event.

“Byron's help allows us to keep the registration costs low and that makes it more attractive to teams,” LaPrad said. “Plus, Byron usually attends the camp and it's always good to have a Super Bowl guy around.”

Schools with teams registered for this year's Air it Out are Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge, Berkeley, Bishop England, Hanahan, Stratford, James Island, West Ashley, Beaufort, Bluffton, Georgetown, Wando, Palmetto Christian, Porter-Gaud, Northwood Academy and First Baptist.

Squads will compete in three Red Robin rounds and then be divided into two divisions for bracket play. A championship trophy will be awarded to the winner of each division. The finals are scheduled for early afternoon.

Last year, Fort Dorchester fell to Sumter in the Division 1 finals while Wando claimed the Division 2 championship with a win over Palmetto Christian.

Division winners from other years include Fort Dorchester, Hanahan, South Florence, Ashley Ridge and Bishop England.

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