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June 30, 2011
Reporter: Nick King

Area high school football teams are already competing. On Tuesday at Smith River Sports Complex in Henry County 12 teams from Virginia and North Carolina gathered for some 7-on-7 action.

It was Magna Vista head coach Joe Favero's idea.

It was the second summer in a row for the "Border Bash." The event saw each team play five morning games in a round robin set-up followed by a single elimination tournament after lunch.

While it's not quite the same without pads and the linemen, coaches say there are definitely benefits.

"Getting kids out here and getting them going through football and throwing the ball around and catching the ball and seeing kind of what our young kids are doing and who's going to move up and be ready to play," Favero said.

"You're facing the best from the other school as opposed to mixing your kids in and out and playing those guys. Sometimes you get a false sense of security of how well you're doing until you line up against somebody else's best," Tunstall Head Coach Buddy Brown said.