Football is back.

Football is back.  

After a grueling seven month drought filled with off-season lifting, conditioning and drills, the wait for competitive football will soon be over thanks to Plainview’s second annual FCA 7-on-7 football tournament.

First thing Friday morning at Plainview Stadium, eight area teams will line up and play to the whistle, bringing competitive football back to Southern Oklahoma and providing a rare football matchup between the Indians and cross-town rival Ardmore.

While the Friday morning and afternoon games won’t quite be the same as Friday night lights, with no pads and four less players on the field, the tournament is set to provide the next closest thing with high-flying action as teams spread the field and throw it deep. 

Plainview coach Joe Price along with Drew Beard, the school’s former FCA representative, started the tournament last year, bringing in four teams which included the Beggs Demons, Duncan Demons, Dickson Comets and the Plainview Indians.

This year the tournament has doubled and it will feature two Plainview squads, along with the Comanche Indians, Ardmore, Beaver, Lexington, Christian Heritage Academy and Bethel.

Price said he’s excited watch his team compete and host the up and coming summer tradition.

“We got it started last year and with our facility being so nice and the competition, I think it has attracted some people to come and do some things,” he said. 

“It’s been a really good event. We want to keep growing it.”

Price said the 7-on-7 tournament will feature some intriguing competition between teams in the tournament  and for players looking to further their case for playing time come August.

The teams will face off until a champion is crowned following the 29th and final game of the day starting at 6 p.m. Friday.