Two weeks ago, the Rutherford High School football program held an NFL sanctioned camp, and now, some player's from that camp have been given a rare opportunity to represent the area at a national 7 on 7 football tournament.
The NFL's High School Player Development puts on the national tournament every year, where all 32 NFL teams are represented by players from across the country. The team out of Panama City will be represented by the Jaguars, and features 12 Bay County football players, ten from Rutherford, one from Bay High, and one from Bozeman.
Rutherford head coach Alvin Dempsey and Ram quarterbacks coach Jason Griffin are coaching the team, which will head to Cleveland, Ohio to compete against other 7 on 7 squads, and Dempsey saying today that this opportunity is great for the guys.
"These guys are probably going to meet some guys that are going to be their college roommate when they go and play college football," he said. "They're getting a chance to go and compete outside of Bay County and see something other then Bay county. I told them about how we want to go over and show them how we work hard down in the South as well as everybody else. We want to go down and compete and show them that we're here and we want to play with you guys, and we're equal and we can play with you."
The team will fly to Cleveland on July 11th to compete in the double elimination tournament, with everything wrapping up on July 14th.