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Airing It Out: Popular 7-on-7 Football Event

Popular 7-on-7 Football Event Plans Stop In Concord

Just when you were sure that high school football was over, and you were trying to cope, Concord is coming to the rescue as host to the Quick 6 Football “Air To The Throne” 7-on-7 event on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Mt. Diablo High.

Air To The Throne is the season kick-off event and the first of four qualifiers for the Quick 6 Golden Great 7-on-7 Championship on April 22 at the College of San Francisco. There are four qualifying spots up for grabs at this first event. Concord will also host a second qualifier in March, as well. Both events are sponsored by Visit Concord, SportStars Magazine, Gamebreaker head gear, Football University, Adam Dailey Clothing and Drip Drop hydration drink.

These events will feature the top high school football players (ages 14-18) from throughout California.

A quick guide to 7-on-7 football:

  • Each possession starts 40 yards from the end zone, and first downs can be attained by reaching the 25-yard line and the 10-yard line. However, the offense only gets three downs to convert, instead of the typical four. A quarterback has just 3.7 seconds to pass from the time he gets the ball or it’s considered a sack.
  • An offensive player is down when a defensive player completes a one-hand touch on the receiving player’s torso. Head touches or touches below the butt are not considered a tackle. There is also no blocking allowed.
  • Touchdowns are six points (duh.), and offenses can try a 1-point conversion from the 3-yard line or a 2-point conversion from the 10-yard line.
  • Defenses can score as well. Interceptions are three points and forcing a turnover on downs earns 2 points.

Each team is guaranteed at least three games in the events. Two pool play games and at least one game in single-elimination bracket play. Pool play games last 20 minutes and bracket play games are 22 minutes, each with running clocks.

Learn more about 7-on-7 football and the various Quick 6 events by visiting Quick6.org.

Also happening in Concord: There’s still time to ice skate at the Veranda Shopping Center. The ice rink is open 7 days a week, weather permitting. Tickets are $14 for 90 minutes of skate time, but be sure to check out the Discount Nights! Start off your week with “Locals Night” on Mondays and skate for $10, bring your family on Wednesdays for the $35 “Family 4 Pack,” or skate 2 for the price of one for “Cheap Skate Night” on Thursdays. The ice rink is open now through February 18th. The Veranda Shopping Center is located at 2001-2003 Diamond Boulevard. … Also, Visit Concord is excited to present the first ever Comfort Food Restaurant Week in Concord. The foodie scene in Concord offers a diverse flavor for everyone, and everyone has the perfect food that comforts them. From Jan. 19–28 you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisines at over 15 participating restaurants. When dining, ask for the Comfort Food Restaurant Week menu and beg. For a complete list of restaurants and menus, head to VisitConcordCa.com/comfort-food-restaurant-week/

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