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July 14, 2012

Storms shorten Music City Classic

The 2012 Music City Classic 7-on-7 High School Passing Camp and Tournament at Vanderbilt was cut short on Saturday due to severe weather. The annual summer time event was marred by delays and stoppages due to repeated thunderstorms on both Friday and Saturday.

For the first since the event started in 2006, camp officials had to cancel the single-elimination tournament and shorten sessions of pool play.

The Kenton Wildcats were crowned champions of the event due to a undefeated record during the preliminary rounds. Led by head coach Mark Mauk, it marked the second time in three years that the Ohio program has captured the crown in Nashville.

Rising junior quarterback Grant Sherman led the wide-out passing attack, as the Red (varsity) squad averaged close to 30 points a game and defeated several quality teams such as Whitehaven, DeKalb County, Dorman, Independence and Wynne.

Madison Ridgeland Academy, a second-year participant at the MCC, took home the runner-up trophy after finishing with the second-best record in the competition. Led by head coach Forrest Williams, the Mississippi program continued its competitive play from a year ago, displaying a strong vertical passing game and attention to detail on defense.

Several other programs impressed during the two days, including Brentwood Academy, DeKalb County, Dorman, Rochester, Whitehaven, Wilson Central and Wren. Each school competed at a high level and finished in the top half of the standings.

Other programs such as Hillsboro, Montgomery Bell Academy, Northeast and Union City were also successful during the event.

Due to the altered schedule, there were no individual awards for this year's Music City Classic, but several players did impress including Brentwood Academy defensive backs Aaquil Annoor and Jalen Ramsey, Fairview receiver Deondre Moore, Hillsboro defensive back Logan Burns, Independence defensive back Vic Wharton, Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman, Whitehaven running back Mark Dodson Jr., receiver Gerald Perry and defensive back Darrius Sims.

Music City Classic Champions:

2006. Byrnes High, Duncan, South Carolina
2007. Hillsboro High, Nashville, Tennessee
2008. David Lipscomb, Nashville, Tennessee
2009. Dorman High, Roebuck, South Carolina
2010. Kenton High, Kenton, Ohio
2011. Lake Hamilton High, Pearcy, Arkansas
2012. Kenton High, Kenton, Ohio

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