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Set to undergo hernia surgery in less than a week, Jefferson receiver Chris Moore fought through the discomfort Wednesday with pain medication, adrenalin and a hearty dose of jubilation.
"I'm too excited to be tired," the coveted college prospect said at midfield of Dr. Sam Horton Stadium, moments after the Dragons clinched a berth in this weekend's NFL 7-on-7 National Tournament.
On a searing day at Jefferson High, the Dragons won nine 20-minute contests in a one-day national qualifier that began at 9 a.m. and ended more than eight hours later. Tampa Catholic, Robinson, Alonso, Middleton, Steinbrenner and Carrollwood Day also competed.
After going 7-0 in round-robin play, Jefferson rolled past Tampa Catholic 49-14 in the single-elimination semifinals before a 38-28 triumph against a collection of Lee County all-stars in the title game. Lee County topped Robinson, 37-10, in the other semifinal.
Moore had two of quarterback Quentin Williams' five touchdown passes in the final.
"It felt like our chemistry was high," Moore said. "Quentin, me, all of our receivers, it felt like we were on point."
Jefferson will host 21 other teams from around the country in the NFL national tourney, a two-day event starting Saturday. Each team represents an NFL squad. Jefferson, naturally, will represent the Bucs.