On June 27, the Boaz football team launched its summer competition slate by competing in the Gadsden City Black Creek Parkway 7-on-7 Tournament at Titan Stadium.
The Pirates finished 1-3 in pool play. Boaz knocked off Anniston 19-13 and lost to Gadsden City B 26-25, Fort Payne 32-17 and Huffman A 35-3.
BHS opened bracket play by whipping Huffman B 32-6. Shades Valley ousted the Pirates with a 22-4 decision.
“We played some guys that could run, that’s for sure,” Boaz head coach Jeremy Sullivan said. “Shades Valley won the tournament, and they were really good. I was very impressed with the lineup of teams they had in the event.
“I thought our kids competed and played hard. We got to play a lot of people, and I thought it went well. I was pleased.”
Easton Hardin, a senior, returns for his third season as Boaz’s starting quarterback. Among the returnees at receiver are Chandler Earnest, Carson Chamblee and Logan Walls.
“Chandler Earnest started at X a lot last year,” Sullivan said. “Logan Walls didn’t start but he did play a lot. Carson Chamblee will be a three-year starter at receiver.
“We’ve also added a guy or two at receiver. Alex Hutchens came over from baseball. Although it’s his first year to play, I think he’s really going to be good for us.
“We’ve got some talent at receiver, and we got some good work for them at Gadsden.”
The Pirates have three 7-on-7 competitions remaining — July 11 at Ashville, July 23 at Albertville and July 25 at Glencoe.
Sullivan has added Stephen Campbell to his coaching staff.
Campbell comes to Boaz from Pelham. He will coach receivers for the Pirates, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Blake Beam.
Beam also served as an assistant coach in basketball and baseball for the Pirates.
“I coached with Coach Campbell at Pelham, but I knew him before I coached with him,” Sullivan said. “He also coached with Coach [Tom] Causey at Demopolis.”
Barring any unexpected departures, the hiring of Campbell completes Sullivan’s staff for the 2019 season, which kicks off Aug. 23 when the Pirates host Arab.
Boaz’s first three games of the season will be at L.F. Corley Jr. Stadium.