Washington's Reighard chosen to play for elite football team
CEDAR RAPIDS — Ryan Reighard, a seventh-grader at Washington Middle School, has been selected to compete in Football University’s second national championship tournament. The tournament will feature the nation’s top sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from around the United States, playing in a single elimination, multi-round tournament. Over 12,000 players tried out for the tournament, but only 6,000 were selected.
Reighard, the son of Paul Reighard and Vicki Reighard-Kean, tried out for the Iowa team in September and found out in October that he made the squad. The team has practiced in Cedar Rapids twice a week since then, so it has taken a lot of commitment on Reighard’s part to travel that far on school days.
Reighard played running back and linebacker for the Washington seventh-grade football team this fall, and will play running back and special teams for the Iowa seventh-grade Football University squad.
The Football University National Championship is a football version of the Little League World Series featuring 64 teams competing in a NCAA-style bracket tournament to select a true national champion in youth football. The Iowa team begins the first round of the tournament at 4 p.m. on Saturday when it takes on Wisconsin at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The Iowa squad will face Minnesota on Sunday. The team must win both games in order to advance to the next round, which will be played in either Kansas City or Cincinnati. If Iowa wins in the second round, the team will advance to the championship game, which will be played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio in January.