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July 16, 2013

Traverse City West athletes contribute to national win

CLEVELAND — Geordon Carter and Zach McGuire can add Super Bowl champions to their résumés.

The Traverse City West football players contributed heavily to the Detroit Lions' winning entry in the NFL's National 7-on-7 Tournament in Cleveland last weekend.

Carter had four catches in the Super Bowl win over the Miami Dolphins, and McGuire's interception sealed the Lions' 21-14 victory.

"I just got thrown in at corner because our previous corner got beat deep," McGuire said. "So (the coach) threw me in and told me to stay over the top, so I stayed over the top. I saw the quarterback throwing to my guy and jumped his route and picked it off."

Each of the 32 NFL teams had an entry in the two-day tournament. Players had to try out in one of six camps and earn their way onto the squad. Carter and McGuire were the selections from the NFL High School Player Development event held in Grayling.

Out of several hundred athletes there — which included schools from all over northern Michigan — 10 were selected as the "elites" from the camp. After more one-on-one drills against each other, it was whittled down to four, then one — Carter.

McGuire was also one of the four, and a week later he received a call saying he was also chosen.

Each game is 20 minutes long with a three-minute halftime (The last two minutes of each half is real time). The field is 40 yards long with a 10-yard endzone. With no blockers, the offense is one quarterback, a running back and five wide receivers. The defense gets one linebacker, two safeties and four cornerbacks.

"It's quite a bit different," Carter said. "It's playing with a lot of the best players in the country. It's a lot faster pace than we're used to up here."

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