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South Lyon’s 7-on-7 Jamboree sees some of the state’s top teams on display as football season draws closer

By: Jeff Dullack, July 20, 2015, 5:00 pm

South Lyon – As 7-on-7 camps have continued to grow over the course of the past few years, the 7-on-7 Jamboree held at South Lyon each summer has grown in popularity as well.

On Saturday afternoon, South Lyon played host to about 20 teams, which included some of the top teams in the state of Michigan.

South Lyon coach Mark Thomas said that the 7-on-7 held on Saturday is a good camp for coaches to use to teach players and also get players and coaches excited for the season which is less than a month away from opening up full-team practices.

“It’s mostly a learning camp,” he said. “Nobody’s going to win a state championship here, but it’s to learn and to get better because you’re usually coming off of the dead week around the fourth of July and everyone has to take that week off and then it’s time to get these kids back and excited about football.”

Among the teams taking part in the passing jamboree, were Detroit Cass Tech, Detroit King, Farmington Hills Harrison, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Central, Brighton, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Novi, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, Waterford Kettering, Linden, Howell, Lake Orion, Detroit Allen Academy, Ypsilanti, Flint Carmen Ainsworth, Southgate Anderson, Marshall, along with the host South Lyon.

Thomas noted that the number of quality teams was good to have because it gives teams a chance to see how they match up with others and where they need to improve going into practices in the fall.

“It’s really good, it gives you a place of where you are and where you think you are and show where you might have to get better,” he said. “We can find where we want to be and see where we have to get better to get there and that’s what this is about. It’s about work ethic and getting better for the season.”

Of the teams that were in attendance on Saturday, 13 had winning records last season, and six teams recorded at least eight wins.

Two teams, Cass Tech and Farmington Hills Harrison made a post-season run to the semifinals, Cass Tech in Division 1, Harrison in Division 2.

Thomas said that as the Jamboree has grown over the course of the past 15 years, he’s seen the top teams in southeast Michigan come to the event and even some of the top team’s from the west side of the state come out every couple of years.

“It’s grown and we’ve had teams from the west side of the state come over and they want to go up against the best teams that we have and a lot of the best teams are in southeast Michigan and around where we are,” he said. “Every other year, we’ll get three or four teams from the west side and I tell everybody that we have a wide ranging group of teams that come out.”

With full-team practices getting underway on August 10, Saturday’s 7-on-7 was another step towards the football season, which is now just three weeks away as the excitement for the season continues to grow.

“It gets everybody excited,” Thomas said of the jamboree. “Because they know it’s football season and everybody starts in the middle of August and you see it’s just a couple of weeks away and it gets the kids excited. We have a lot of great teams here in Michigan and great teams in southeast Michigan that come to our jamboree that we’ve been hosting for over 15 years.”