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Area football players take part in annual Concordia 7 on 7 passing tournament

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The long high school sports season finally came to an end Tuesday with the last day of the Minnesota State Baseball Tournament. 2 / 2

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The long high school sports season finally came to an end Tuesday with the last day of the Minnesota State Baseball Tournament.

Despite those games just wrapping up, some area football players are getting a head start on fall camp today at Concordia.

Not many people have high school football on the top of their mind on June 17th, but that wasn't the case at Concordia today as 14 schools brought teams to compete in the Cobber's annual 7 on 7 passing tournament.

Kevin Feeney/Moorhead Head Football Coach: “As soon as summer comes around our kids understand that our preparation for the upcoming season needs to start. This is just a great way for the kids to come out and showcase what they can do and just show that they want to compete and play football.”

This is the 14th annual passing tournament here at Concordia and it keeps getting bigger every year. Not only will you find teams from the valley, but schools will travel here from as far away as Superior Wisconsin and Pierre South Dakota.

Jayson Poppinga/T.F. Riggs Head Football Coach:” It's always good to go against teams you don't see during the year like you said. In Pierre we are kind of isolated. We have to travel 100, 200 miles to do any of this so for us to get up here and do this against a bunch of teams like this is invaluable to us.”

Schools of all sizes participate to get some early summer work in, meaning teams from the metro like Fargo South and Moorhead get to mix it up with smaller schools like Oakes, Lisbon, and defending champ, Milnor-North Sargent.

Ben Hanson/Minor-North Sargent Sr.: 'It’s fun, it's competitive. You get to play against the bigger schools you don't get to play against like your Fargo's and Moorhead's. Early on it's a little bit of a shock seeing all the different body types and the athleticism. We get around to it and we do pretty well.”

Terry Horan/Concordia Head Football Coach: “You just need 7 athletes out there and it doesn't matter the size of the school. Football is football and it's worked out really well for our kids.”

With just two months until practices get underway, it won't be long until this early summer work has a chance to pay off.

The team from Superior Wisconsin won the tournament, defeating Mahnomen in the finals.

Tim Frie

Tim was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and was raised in Holdingford, Minnesota. He attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Tim started working at WDAY in the Spring of 2010 as a part-time Newsroom Assistant. He started working full-time in the Fall of 2011 as a Photographer. He joined the sports department in early 2014. 

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