Spartanburg Sports Report

Bulldogs Win Panther Invitational

Thanks to @bshs_recruits for photo

On Thursday afternoon eighteen teams gathered at Chapman High School to participate in the 2017 Panther Invitational 7-on7 tournament. The field included many teams from the Upstate of South Carolina including local teams Boiling Springs, Broome, Spartanburg, Greer, and Gaffney and it was the Boiling Springs Bulldogs who walked away with the championship.

Boiling Springs and Spartanburg both went undefeated in pool play in the morning session while host Chapman went 4-1 with their only loss coming to Spartanburg. The Bulldogs claimed the number one seed going into the bracket round and their road to the championship in bracket play included victories over Powdersville, Chapman, and defeating Greer 31-12 in the championship game. It was a good feeling for the Bulldogs to win the championship according to Boiling Springs head coach Rick Tate, “We’re really pleased with the victory. We had to come from behind a few times and our kids stepped up and made some plays. It was a good growing day for our team.”

The Bulldogs had to defeat Chapman, the defending 3A state champions, to make it to the championship game which was a matchup of two schools separated by less than ten minutes who both had historic seasons last year. “I love competing against Mark (Chapman head coach) and his teams because they always bring it and they have a great mentality,” said Coach Tate. “Coach Hodge has done a great job over here and you know when you line up against them they’re going to fight you tooth and nail. Any time we get to compete against them we love it because we know it’s only going to make us better.”

The Bulldogs will return get back to competing in 7-on-7 tournaments when they travel to the USA Football 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament in Hoover, Alabama to compete on July 14, 15, and 16th.