Three Jackson County football teams will get some work in a large-scale 7-on-7 event.
North Jackson, North Sand Mountain and Pisgah are set to participate in the Albertville 7-on-7 Invitational on Tuesday.
The 7-on-7 games, which last 20 minutes, will be played at Albertville High School’s Aggie Stadium and its practice fields. Along with typical offensive points system, teams’ defenses can also score points, getting two points for each possession stop and three points per interception.
North Jackson will compete in Pool A against Albertville, Boaz, Guntersville, Mae Jemison and Pell City. North Jackson faces Mae Jemison at 9 a.m., Albertville at 10 a.m., Pell City at 10:30 a.m. and Guntersville at 11:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, NSM and Pisgah will compete in Pool B against Anniston, Asbury, Weaver and West End. NSM plays Anniston at 9 a.m., Asbury at 9:30 a.m., Weaver at 10:30 a.m. and West End at 11 a.m. Pisgah plays West End at 9:30 a.m., Weaver at 10 a.m., Asbury at 11 a.m. and Anniston at 11:30 a.m.
Following pool play, the teams will break for lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. before starting tournament play. The tournament seeding will be based on pool play records. Teams from Pool A will play teams from Pool B in the first round of tournament play. All tournament games will be played at Aggie Stadium.
NSM head coach Keith Kirby said the event helps him and his staff to continue “checking out five new starters on defense and seeing the chemistry between (NSM quarterback) Landon (Green) and the all new running backs and mostly new receivers.”
Pisgah is using the event to help “build some depth offensively and defensively,” head coach Luke Pruitt said. “We’re going to get some young guys in and put some guys in multiple spots to try to build some depth. The main thing is we want to see these guys compete, compete every down of every game, and fight through some adversity.”
North Jackson is the smallest school in its pool, but the Chiefs have already faced several large-school opponents this summer, including at the Alabama A&M 7-on-7 Tournament where it faced Mae Jemison.
“We are looking forward to playing…and seeing how we compete, and to keep improving our third down passing and quick-game packages,” said North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard. “We have improved with each tournament, so hopefully that continues.”
The 7-on-7 event is a Homecoming sorts for Pruitt, who was Albertville’s defensive coordinator from 2015-17.
“I’m looking forward to it and to seeing those kids and coaches again,” Pruitt said.