Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Sonic Air Raid 7-on-7 Tournament

On Saturday, June 2 in Searcy, the 2012 Sonic Air Raid 7-on-7 Tournament will be held on the campus of Harding University. The traditional opening tournament of the Arkansas 7-on-7 schedule will feature some of the perennial powers of summer football competitions. The Sonic Air Raid features 4 divisions of 4 teams in a round robin format. The top 2 teams from each division will be seeded into the 1st Security Bank championship bracket while the lower 2 teams will compete in the Land-O-Frost consolation bracket.

The 2012 edition will include favorites Pulaski Academy (3-time defending and 4-time Air Raid champs) and Lake Hamilton (2008 Air Raid winner). Other teams considered to be candidates for the upper tier for this year's Air Raid are Wynne, Greenbrier, and Little Rock Catholic. Hot Springs Lakeside, Watson Chapel, and Shiloh Christian will also be tough outs when the double elimination tournaments start. Below you will find the teams in each division and our predictions of pool play results. Pool play begins at 10 am with the double elimination tournaments starting at 1:30 pm.

Predicted Division A Finish
  1. Wynne
  2. Hot Springs Lakeside
  3. Little Rock Catholic
  4. Rosebud
Predicted Division B Finish
  1. Lake Hamilton
  2. Watson Chapel
  3. Lonoke
  4. Harding Academy
Predicted Division C Finish
  1. Searcy
  2. Shiloh Christian
  3. Mayflower
  4. Pulaski Academy JV
Predicted Division D Finish
  1. Pulaski Academy
  2. Greenbrier
  3. Batesville Southside
  4. Corning
Good luck to all the teams and enjoy the weekend of competition. Anyone who has updates please send them to us at

Sonic Air Raid Rules
  • 7 defenders and 5 receivers
  • Each possession begins on the 40-yard line.
  • First downs are made by crossing the 25 yd. line and the 10 yd. line.
  • 3 downs to make a first down.
  • PAT snaps at the 5 yd. line (1 point) or 10 yd. line (2 points).  No kicking.
  • Possession changes after PAT attempt, failure to make a first down, or a turnover.
  • Length of games will be 25 minutes with a running clock.
  • Every formation must be a legal football formation.
  • New play must begin 25 seconds after the spot. 
    • Penalty = loss of down
  • The ball is dead once it hits the ground and team keeps possession (no fumbles).
  • After a catch, all offensive players must stop except the receiver - no blocking downfield.
  • One hand touch is considered a tackle.
  • The QB will have 4 seconds from the snap for the ball to leave his hand. The ball must be snapped to the QB.
  • There are no interception returns; defense is awarded possession and 2 points.
  • No running plays allowed.
  • No laterals after a reception.
  • Pass interference
    • Defensive Penalty
      • Automatic 1st Down at the spot
      • If it occurs in the end zone, it results in a 1st Down at the 1 yd. line
    • Offensive Penalty
      • Loss of the next down.
  • Defensive holding
    • Automatic 1st Down at the spot
  • Overtime
    • Each team will get one attempt from the 5 yd. line or 10 yd. line.
    • Loser of first coin toss will get the choice of possession.
  • Scoring
    • Offensive
      • Touchdown = 6 point
      • PAT from 5 yd. line = 1 point
      • PAT from 10 yd. line = 2 points
    •  Defensive
      • Interception = 2 points
  • Defensive coaching only from the sidelines. 
    • No coaches on the field on the defensive side of the ball.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NW Arkansas Passing Academy

On Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, will host the NW Passing Academy - a skills development camp. The camp is a non-contact camp designed for quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, full backs, and tight ends. The camp is open to ages 7-18 and begins with an 8 am check-in.

The coaching staff of the NW Passing Academy includes the following:
  • Joe Ferguson
    • Arkansas Razorback legend
    • 18-year NFL Veteran
    • High accomplished quarterback coach
  • Clint Stoerner
    • Arkansas Razorback great
    • NFL, AFL, and NFL Europe quarterback
    • Held many Razorback passing records when he left
  • Zac Clark
    • Former University of Central Arkansas quarterback
    • Current QB Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Fayetteville High School
  •  Alex Mortensen
    • All State quarterback in Georgia who graduated with over 6,000 career passing yards
    • Played for the Arkansas Razorbacks
    • Signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans
  •  Michael Smith
    • All-SEC running back at Arkansas
    • 9th player in Razorback history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season
  •  Dowell Loggains
    • Current quarterback coach for the Tennessee Titans
    • Has coached Matt Hasselback, Kerry Collins,Vince Young and Jake Locker
The campers will meet ESPN's Chris Mortensen who will also host and Q&A session with parents. The cost of the event is $79.95. Anyone interested in participation should contact

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 All-State Football Combine is sponsoring the 2012 Arkansas All-State Football Combine at Searcy Lion Stadium in Searcy, Arkansas. This is the 3rd Annual edition of this combine and it will take place on May 26, 2012. The event will begin at 9:30 AM, so you will need to be at the field by 8:00 AM for check in. The combine is open to anyone entering grades 9-12.

If you plan to participate, bring the following items:
  • Workout gear, shorts and/or sweats (You will be provided a shirt at registration)
  • Cross Training shoes and Football Cleats
  • Game or Highlight Tape (optional)
  • Snacks and water/Gatorade (highly encouraged)
The combine will feature the following events:
  • 40 Yard Dash
    • Each athlete will run two, timed 40's
    • Fastest time will be kept
  • Vertical Jump
    • Each athlete will have two attempts
    • Best jump will be kept
  • Bench Press
    • 9th-10th grade Max reps at 135 lbs
    • 10th-12th grade Max reps at 185 lbs
    • Seniors have option to bench Max reps at 225
  • 20-Yard Shuttle (Pro Agility) 
    • Two runs of the Pro Agility test
    • Fastest time kept
The cost of the combine is $50 for the entire event. The price will include a All-State Football Combine Shirt, a recruiting picture, testing numbers, a recruiting seminar, a chance for statewide notoriety, as well as a chance to be recognized by local and national college coaches. Lastly, all combine results will be sent out to college coaches.