Andre Sale wants to be a better leader entering his senior season at Little Rock Catholic.
"I put it on me to be a leader as a quarterback," Sale said. "I love my teammates, and I want to be their guy."
Sale got his first big opportunity to show his leadership skills Friday when the Rockets began play in their first 7-on-7 tournament of the summer at the Shootout of the South at the Mighty Bluebird Fields in Little Rock.
REGIONAL SCHEDULE FIRST ROUND
10 A.M. Lake Hamilton JV vs. Bald Knob; Greenbrier vs. Quitman
10:40 A.M. Central Arkansas Christian vs. Conway Christian; Searcy vs. Lake Hamilton; Afton, Okla. vs. Pulaski Academy Blue; DeSoto Central vs. Clinton
11:20 A.M. Pulaski Academy Gold vs. Lake Hamilton JV/Bald Knob; Warren vs. Stigler, Okla.; Little Rock Christian vs. Greenbrier/Quitman; Oklahoma City Heritage Hall vs. Little Rock Catholic
12:40 P.M. Four regional games
QUARTERFINALS 2 p.m.
SEMIFINALS 2:40 p.m.
FINAL 3:30 p.m.
SHOOTOUT OF THE SOUTH
Friday’s results At Mighty Bluebird Fields, Little Rock
POOL PLAY STANDINGS POOL A Pulaski Academy Gold 5-1, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 5-1, Searcy 4-2, Afton, Okla. 4-2, England 4-2, Conway Christian 3-2-1, Clinton 2-3-1, Stigler, Okla. 1-5, Greenbrier 0-5, Bald Knob 0-5. Pool B: Little Rock Christian 5-1, Warren 5-1, DeSoto (Miss.) Central 4-1-1, Central Arkansas Christian 4-2, Heber Springs 4-2, Pulaski Academy Blue 3-2-1, Lake Hamilton 2-4, Little Rock Catholic 2-4, Lake Hamilton JV 0-6, Quitman 0-6.
POOL PLAY SCORES
11 A.M. PA Gold 44, Conway Christian 28; Searcy 43, Greenbrier 36; Afton, Okla. 39, Bald Knob 23; Clinton 23, Stigler, Okla. 21.
11:35 A.M. Warren 27, CAC 14; Lake Hamilton 30, Quitman 7; LR Christian 39, Heber Springs 16; DeSoto (Miss.) Central 25, Lake Hamilton JV 0; PA Blue 42, LR Catholic 30.
12:10 P.M. PA Gold 42, Greenbrier 28; Conway Christian 28, Searcy 27; England 23, Afton, Okla. 16; Clinton 30, Bald Knob 21; Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 32, Stigler, Okla. 16.
12:45 P.M. LR Christian 39, Lake Hamilton 16; CAC 37, PA Blue 21; Heber Springs 42, Quitman 14; LR Catholic 44, Lake Hamilton 14; DeSoto (Miss.) Central 37, Warren 27.
1:20 P.M. PA Blue 30, Lake Hamilton 25; LR Christian 44, Quitman 9; Heber Springs 16, Lake Hamilton JV 7; CAC 30, DeSoto (Miss.) Central 28; Warren 30, LR Catholic 28.
1:55 P.M. Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 35, Bald Knob 14; Searcy 37, PA Gold 35; Clinton 28, Conway Christian 28, tie; Afton, Okla. 32, Greenbrier 14; Stigler, Okla. 41, England 39.
2:30 P.M. Searcy 37, Bald Knob 16; Conway Christian 27, Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 21; Afton, Okla. 23, Clinton 8; PA Gold 34, Stigler, Okla. 9; England 23, Greenbrier 21.
3:05 P.M. CAC 37, Lake Hamilton 25; DeSoto (Miss.) Central 37, LR Christian 29; LR Catholic 32, Quitman 7; PA Blue 28, Lake Hamilton JV 0; Warren 49, Heber Springs 30.
3:40 P.M. Afton, Okla. 23, Stigler, Okla. 16; PA Gold 55, Clinton 7; England 43, Conway Christian 42; Greenbrier 28, Bald Knob 0; Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 35, Searcy 21.
4:15 P.M. PA Blue 30, DeSoto (Miss.) Central 30, tie; LR Christian 30, Lake Hamilton JV 14; Lake Hamilton 16, LR Catholic 14; Heber Springs 42, CAC 28; Warren 42, Quitman 7.
4:50 P.M. Searcy 28, Stigler, Okla. 14; PA Gold 56, Afton, Okla. 14; Conway Christian 32, Bald Knob 30; England 28, Clinton 23; Oklahoma City Heritage Hall 30, Greenbrier 14
5:25 P.M. Heber Springs 25, LR Catholic 24; LR Christian 46, PA Blue 43; DeSoto (Miss.) Central 37, Quitman 0; CAC 35, Lake Hamilton JV 14; Warren 42, Lake Hamilton 24.
6 P.M. Okla. City Heritage Hall 30, England 14.
Sale said competing in 7-on-7 is beneficial when it comes to competing on Friday nights in the fall, pointing out that it allows quarterbacks and receivers to work on their timing and get a better feel for each other in a competitive atmosphere.
"I love being out here throwing the ball," Sale said. "It's fun for us. We love it."
Little Rock Catholic Coach John Fogleman agreed with his quarterback that participating in 7-on-7 is a good way to prepare for the regular season.
"The 7-on-7 is getting back to what we do and not what somebody else does," Fogleman said. "It's everybody getting on the same page."
Sale completed 161 of 279 yards for 2,006 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior while leading Catholic into the first round of the Class 7A playoffs, where the Rockets lost to Fort Smith Northside to finish the season 5-6.
Sale said it was a good season, but he is hoping for more improvement his senior season.
"We didn't have too much vocal leadership last year," Sale said. "I think we're going to bring it this year. We're going to be much more motivated and win a few more games than we did last year."
Fogleman praised Sale for his great work ethic.
"There's no baggage that comes along with the kid," Fogleman said.
Sale has been offered a football scholarship by Austin Peay, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Clarksville, Tenn. Tennessee-Martin has shown interest, and Arkansas has asked him to walk on. He also has attended camps at Missouri and Purdue and will visit Louisiana-Monroe, Florida Atlantic and North Texas later this year.
"He's one of the better ones," Fogleman said. "He really wants to play at the next level."
He also wants to go deeper than the first round of the playoffs this season.
"Everyone's getting better," Sale said. "I'm liking our team going into next season."
Sports on 06/20/2015
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