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Lake Hamilton wins Music City Classic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lake Hamilton Wolves captured the sixth annual Music City Classic 7-on-7 Passing Tournament at Vanderbilt University on Saturday. The Pearcy, Arkansas program started off the tournament as the sixth seed and defeated top seeded Wren High of Piedmont, South Carolina, 32-22 in the championship final. The Wolves finished with a 11-3 overall record during the two-day event that included three sessions of pool play and the single-elimination tournament.
The Wolves were led by rising senior quarterback Levi Runyan and his receiving duo of Dre Bennett and Dante Ransom. Runyan, a 6-foot, 180-pound prospect, impressed many throughout the weekend with strong arm, accuracy and leadership. He was named to the All-Tournament team for his play. Bennett, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound possession receiver impressed with his routes and receiving and took home Most Valuable Player honors following the Wolves championship victory. Ransom, a dual-threat on offense and defense and impressed at receiver with his sure hands.
Lake Hamilton had to defeat teams such as the Whitehaven White team, Hillsboro, Memphis University School and Rochester (Ill.) in order to get to the finals.
The Wren Golden Hurricane, who emerged as the favorites of the tournament after posting a perfect 9-0 record during the pool play, rolled through the initial rounds of the tournament, defeating the Kenton White team (Ohio), Brentwood Academy, the Whitehaven Gold team and then Sherman (Texas) in the semifinals to face the Wolves.
Wren was led by several impressive young players including Music City All-Tournament selections Brandon Coleman and Jonathan Anderson as well as 2013 running back prospect Levi Bufford. The Golden Hurricane came into the tournament with a lot of momentum, having captured several championships and were looking to be the third team from South Carolina to capture a Music City Championship. Byrnes High won the initial Music City Classic in 2006 and Dorman High won the title in 2009.
Thirty-three schools fielded 36 teams during the pool play sessions of the event and 35 teams participated in the single-elimination tournament on Saturday. Har-Ber of Springdale (Ark.) used two teams during the pool play but elected to enter only one team in the tournament. The Har-Ber Blue team were seeded third in the tournament and defeated Giles County to open its run, but were upset by Memphis University School in the next round.
The Kenton Wildcats of Ohio won the tournament in 2010 and entered Saturday's tournament as the No.2 seed, but Missouri quarterback commitment Maty Mauk and his Wildcats Red team were upset by the 15th seeded Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriots of Mississippi in the third round of the tournament in a thrilling 42-41 contest.
With Lake Hamilton, Wren, Sherman (Texas) and Rochester (Ill.) advancing to the semifinals, it marked the first time in the tournament's six year history in which no team from the state of Tennessee reached the final four of the event.
2011 Music City Classic Tournament Results:
First Round
(35) David Lipscomb over (29) Gillespie, Ill., 25-1
(33) DeKalb County over (31) Union City, 22-15
(30) Giles County over (34) Kentucky Country Day, Ky., 17-7
Second Round
(1) Wren, S.C. over (32) Kenton White, Ohio, 24-6
(16) Brentwood Academy over (17) MBA, 24-17
(8) Flat River over (25) Fairview, 24-16
(9) Whitehaven Gold over (24) Elizabethtown, Ky, 10-3
(5) Sherman, Texas over (28) Centennial, 28-8
(21) Independence over (12) Stratford, 16-11
(20) Fort Campbell, Ky over (13) Gallatin, 17-14
(4) Madisonville North Hopkins, Ky over (35) David Lipscomb, 20-10
(2) Kenton Red, Ohio over (33) DeKalb County, 29-7
(15) Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS over (18) Clarksville, 45-23
(23) East St.Louis, Ill. over (10) Franklin, 15-14 OT
(7) Rochester, Ill. over (26) Haywood, 42-0
(11) Hillsboro over (22) Southwind, 1-0 Forfeit
(6) Lake Hamilton, Ark over (27) Whitehaven White, 31-13
(14) MUS over (19) Evansville Central, Ind., 28-21
(3) Har-Ber Blue, Ark. over (30) Giles County, 48-10
Third Round
(1) Wren, SC over (16) Brentwood Academy, 37-17
(9) Whitehaven Gold over (8) Flat River, 34-30
(5) Sherman, Texas over (21) Independence, 26-8
(4) Madisonville North Hopkins, Ky. over (20) Fort Campbell, Ky., 26-15
(15) Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS over (2) Kenton Red, Ohio, 42-41
(7) Rochester, Ill. over (23) East St.Louis, Ill., 35-21
(6) Lake Hamilton, Ark. over (11) Hillsboro, 29-22
(14) MUS over (3) Har-Ber Blue, Ark., 25-21
Quarterfinal Round
(1) Wren, SC over (9) Whitehaven Gold, 17-14
(5) Sherman, Texas over (4) Madisonville North Hopkins, Ky., 42-16
(7) Rochester, Ill. over (15) Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS, 45-42
(6) Lake Hamilton, Ark. over (14) MUS, 32-11
Semifinal Round
(1) Wren, SC over (5) Sherman, Texas, 38-14
(6) Lake Hamilton, Ark. over (7) Rochester, Ill., 35-10
Championship Final
(6) Lake Hamilton, Ark. over (1) Wren, SC, 32-22
Complete Team Records:
Wren (S.C.)..................13-1
Lake Hamilton (Ark)..........11-3
Sherman (Texas)..............10-3
Kenton Red (Ohio).............9-2
Madison North Hopkins (Ky)....9-3
Rochester (Ill.)..............9-4
Har-Ber Blue (Ark.)...........8-3
Memphis University School.....8-4
Whitehaven Gold...............8-4
Flat River....................7-4
Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MS)..7-5
Fairview......................6-4
Gallatin......................6-4
Stratford.....................6-4
Brentwood Academy.............6-5
Hillsboro.....................6-5
Montgomery Bell Academy.......5-5
Fort Campbell (Ky)............5-6
Independence..................5-6
Har-Ber White (Ark.)..........4-5
Centennial....................4-6
Clarksville...................4-6
Evansville Central (Ind.).....4-6
Franklin......................4-6
Southwind.....................4-6
Whitehaven White..............4-6
East St.Louis (Ill.)..........4-7
Elizabethtown (Ky)............3-7
Haywood.......................3-7
DeKalb County.................3-8
Giles County..................3-8
Kentucky Country Day (Ky).....2-8
Union City....................2-8
David Lipscomb................2-9
Kenton White (Ohio)...........1-9
Gillespie (Ill.)..............0-10
Ranked by record, then alphabet
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