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Head Coach Rick Walsworth’s first chance to host a seven-on-seven football tournament at Sedona Red Rock High School didn’t go all that well Saturday, June 26, finishing the day with an 0-5 record.

Head Coach Rick  Walsworth goes over plays with his Sedona Red Rock High School football  players during the team’s seven-on-seven tournament Saturday, June 26.  The Scorpions finished the seven-on-seven tournament without a win,  going 0-5.Mingus Union High School finished Saturday with a perfect 6-0 record, edging out Chino Valley High School in the championship game, 34-33.

Mingus senior quarterback Nick Alred was awarded by the coaches as the tournament MVP.

Other team standouts included Chino Valley, which was 4-2 while Page High School and Williams High School finished 3-2.

Valley Christian Academy was also involved in the tournament, and finished 3-3.

“We had 14 kids out there Saturday, eight of which were freshmen so there was only one game that we played with kids at our level,” Walsworth said.

The Scorpions played against a bunch of young up-and-coming players from Mingus and gave them a game, but wound up losing 27-26 in a heartbreaker.

“It was good to see our guys play against some guys their own age ... and they did well,” Walsworth said.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Ramirez had a good tournament in his first action under center this summer, throwing a few touchdown passes and running for a few more.

Junior Bradley Cox was all over the place Saturday, playing strong safety and catching passes on offense.

Newcomer Ashor Samano, a junior from Chicago whose family just moved to town two weeks ago, looks to already be one of the top players for the Scorpions and may see plenty of time at the tailback position once the boys put on pads in August.

Another notable for the Scorpions is sophomore Zane Saxman, who was outstanding defensively, according to Walsworth, getting his hands on a few balls at the linebacker position.

With Saturday’s tournament now complete, the Sedona football team will concentrate on summer workouts which will still take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer until camp begins Monday, Aug. 2.

“We’ve got a lot of things to work on including our running game now that seven-on-seven is over,” Walsworth said.

If Walsworth brings any kind of philosophy from Mingus Head Coach Bob Young over to Sedona, look for the Scorpions to run the ball 40 to 50 times a game in the fall.


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