TEMEUCLA – For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Rams brought excitement and competitive spirit to the football fields at Linfield Christian School with their 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday, June 22. The event once again attracted high school athletes, football enthusiasts, and Rams fans alike.

The tournament featured a diverse lineup of teams from across Southern California, each with a maximum of 30 players, including a mandatory minimum of five linemen per team. The day kicked off with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games, providing ample opportunity for players to showcase their skills.

Linfield Christian head coach DeChon Burns goes over plays with his team during the 7-on-7 tournament at Linfield Christian School Saturday, June 22. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

In addition to the 7-on-7 passing tournament, the event included skills challenges and weightlifting competitions, adding another layer of excitement and engagement for the athletes. The competitive atmosphere was intense between the teams, which included Linfield Christian, Temecula Valley, Redlands East Valley, Fullerton, Tahquitz, Oak Hills, Lakeside, Helix, Compton, San Gabriel Valley, Hesperia, Village Christian, Temecula Prep, Baldwin Park, Narbonne, and Santa Monica, who all battled it out on the field.

Following the initial rounds, teams advanced to the tournament rounds, where the stakes were higher with single-elimination play. The intensity of the matches increased as teams vied for the top spot, with players giving their all to secure victory. At the end of the day, Temecula Valley, under head coach John Bonaventura, won the tournament.

Linfield Christian head coach DeChon Burns expressed his gratitude for the continued collaboration with the Rams and highlighted the positive impact of the event on the local football community.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to work with the Rams and Ghalee Wadood, their Associate Manager of Football Development,” Burns said. “This is officially an annual event and the response from coaches to come out to Linfield and get their players some quality reps during the summer months is amazing. We were blessed to have so many amazing players, families, and programs on our campus, including the Los Angeles Rams.”

The tournament not only provided a platform for high school athletes to demonstrate their abilities but also fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among participants and spectators.

For more information on the Rams’ youth development program and future events, contact Ghalee Wadood by email at Gwadood@rams.nfl.com.

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.