Pulaski Academy became the first repeat champion of the Shootout of the South as they defeated Allen (TX) in the finals for the second straight year. Both teams’ offenses were flawless in the first half as they each scored on all four possessions, but Pulaski Academy held a 30-28 lead as they had two successful two-point tries. The Bruins would hold the Eagles to one touchdown in the second half, but scored three of their own to win, 49-35.
All four semifinalists were undefeated at 8-0 before facing off in the Baptist Health Championship Bracket. Lake Hamilton had an 11-point halftime lead, 25-14, before Allen came back to win, 35-33 to advance to the finals. In the other battle of unbeatens, Fayetteville stopped Pulaski Academy on their first possession, but was unable to score themselves before the Bruins rolled to a 25-0 halftime lead en route to a 38-20 victory.
Pulaski Academy’s Fredi Knighten was the Top Gun Award winner, given to the tournament’s best quarterback while teammate Aum’Arie Wallace won Best Defensive Player Award for the second straight year. Allen’s Courtland Tolbert was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Receiver.
In the Chenal Heights Nursing and Rehab consolation bracket, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City) defeated Greenbrier, 32-14 in the finals. Afton (OK) defeated Hilldale (OK), 39-6, to claim the SportStop consolation bracket title.
Complete tournament results can be found at www.shootoutofthesouth.com.