Local Teams Compete in 7 on 7 Smalltown Shootout at Poyen


Aaron Weatherford

Gurdon receiver makes an effort to pick up as many yards as possible before being taken down by a defender at the 7 on 7 camp at Poyen.

Aaron Weatherford

As the 2021 season creeps closer and closer, football programs have begun summer competitions.

For instance, the Badgers traveled to Benton Tuesday to compete in a 7 on 7 tournament. Then on Wednesday, Arkadelphia made the 8 minute trip to OBU to compete in one of the biggest team camps in southwest Arkansas during the summer.

Last friday, Bismarck and Gurdon got their summer started earlier though. Both teams travelled over to Grant County to compete in the annual 7 on 7 Smalltown Shootout that is hosted by the Poyen Indians.

Several teams were in attendance, including Poyen, Magnet Cove, Fordyce, Camden Harmony Grove, and northern teams that included Quitman, Paris, and Perryville. Ironically enough, Gurdon and Bismarck will be going head to head against Poyen this coming fall.

As the summer moves along, the Go-Devils are looking to find new playmakers this summer after they lost 18 seniors to graduation this past spring. Gurdon struggled throughout the day but were able to find success in their round one game against Camden Harmony Grove. They weren’t able to get past the first round, but Gurdon showed a lot of potential.

Bismarck came in with their starting quarterback absent and did not miss a beat. The Lions went 5-1 in the round robin series and decided not to stop there. Bismarck went on to beat Hot Spring county rival Magnet Cove, Paris, and won the championship game 23-2. Bismarck Head Coach Daniel Keithly was able to get his team to its first playoff game since 2014.

For a program that has been at the bottom of Class 3A for two decades, it looks like success is coming for Bismarck Football.