Kamiak football competes in passing tournaments

By Bob Ludeman | Aug 08, 2012
Courtesy of: Tammy Chalfant The Kamiak Knights football team at the first passing tournament, June 2 in Ellensburg. Ellenburg 7 on 7 Passing Tournament June 2.

The Kamiak Fightin’ Knights football team has been working hard in preparation for the upcoming season.

Coach Dan Mack and his staff annually participate in 7-on-7 passing tournaments and lineman competition.

This year has been no exception, and they have traveled to Ellensburg, Skyline High School in Issaquah, University of Washington and most recently, Lakewood High School in Arlington. Tournaments can have as many as 30 teams compete.

Passing tournaments feature an offense that is made up of quarterback, running backs, wide receivers and tight end that match up against line backers, corner backs and safeties.

The quarterback will typically have four seconds from the snap of the ball to complete a pass. If not, it is considered a sack. Scores are made by touchdowns and interceptions. If the defense holds the offense, the teams switch.

Two games are played on each field as the offense starts on the 40 yard line, going to the end zone. With multiple games, there is never a lull in the action.

Games are played on a timer, and when the buzzer sounds, the team with the most points wins. Usually, there is a “seeding” round of games that leads to a playoff round.

Lineman competition has varied tasks that involve bench press, tire throws, timed sled push, tug of war and varied relay races.

The Fightin’ Knights did very well in each of these tournaments and with 2012 season upon us, practice is starting Aug. 15 with a real excitement for the season opener, Aug. 31 against Meadowdale.

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