Team Rager Wear wins Pylon 7 on 7 National Tournament

Updated: May. 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 2019 Pylon 7 on 7 National Championship game was held on May 27 in Atlanta, Georgia and a team from Hawaii was crowned champion.

Team Rager Wear beat team AZ 87 from Arizona, with a score of 21-to-7 to claim the National Championship in the middle school division.

The team was compiled of kids from all over the state. They headed down south to the peach state to compete against teams from all over the country in a single elimination tournament.

Head coach of team Rager Wear Hanalei Ahn believes their national title just solidifies how much talent Hawai’i continues to produce on the gridiron.

""It was such a big accomplishment," said Ahn. “For all the boys to come and play, the talent level was big time for the boys to pull it off, it shows hard work paid off.”

Pylon 7 on 7 is a organization that holds non-contact football tournaments throughout the country to help high school and middle school athletes get looked at by college scouts and coaches. Their tournaments run from January to May.

7 on 7 continues to grow in popularity providing a safer alternative for skill position athletes to showcase their talents in-front of college coaches.

Ean Kamau-Waikiki is a slot and defensive back on team Rager Wear and is one of many local players who got to perform in front of college recruiters for the first time.

“It was a great opportunity,” Kamau-Waikiki said. “To go up there and get some exposure from college coaches Hawaii has great athletes and we can do things that all the mainland guys can do an maybe even better.”

The team returned to the island on May 29. and hopes to continue seeking national titles in the future.

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