2023 NHSA 8-man Tournament



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The NHSA Tournament is for high school teams playing 8-man football. It is held annually in Panama City Beach, Florida. This year’s tournament begins Friday, November 10th with teams arriving at Laguna Beach Christian Resort (LBCR) in PCB where they will stay during the tournament. Games will be played on Saturday during the day. Sunday is a rest day with no activities planned. Games will be played again on Monday with the National Championship game ending the tournament. Teams can leave after their games or stay over until Tuesday morning. Teams stay in dorms or houses on LBCR. Parents, families and cheerleaders can stay at LBCR as well as there are numerous hotel rooms, suites and small houses on the campus. Each team is assigned a fully equipped commercial kitchen with dining room where they can prepare their meals, snacks and hold meetings. For meals they can prepare themselves, bring in prepared foods (pizza, bbq, chicken, etc) or go to one of many restaurants located within 10 minutes of LBCR. There is a $140 fee per person (players, coaches, family members) with a maximum of $700 for a family. This fee includes housing for 4 nights and hot breakfast (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). The NHSA Tournament is a great way to end the season. It also will motivate your players and families who will want to return each year.

2023 Team-Registration-Form-8-man

2023 NHSA General Info (8-man Football)

2023 NHSA Football Brochure

2023 NHSA (8-man football) Eligibility Form

You can also get more information by calling 770-714-5775 or email to hankstdenis@aol.com


Laguna Beach Christian Resort
The Laguna Beach Christian Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida is one of the host facilities for the NHSA (8-Man Football) Tournament. All rooms/suites reservations are to be made through your football team who will work with the NHSA office to make all room reservations (do not contact Laguna Beach for rooms/suites).

Accommodations Include:

8 Acres Of Private Grounds
13 Swimming Pools
4 Heated Pools
Full Size Basketball Courts
Volleyball Courts On Grounds & Beach
12 Fully-equipped Commercial Kitchens
Beach front and beach access rooms
20 Meeting Rooms
700 Seat Chapel/Auditorium on Grounds
Free Wi-Fi (internet access)
Large outdoor mall less than 5 minutes
Restaurants (major chains & local) nearby

To see a map of the Laguna Beach Campus, click.. HERE

You can also get more information by calling 770-714-5775 or email to hankstdenis@aol.com


Evangel Christian Lightning completed their first undefeated season under Coach Tim Smith. The Lightning from Alabaster, Alabama have won 5 NHSA 8-man Champioinships in a row, but were never undefeated during those 4 years leading up to this season. The halftime score of 27-20 in Evangel’s favoor was the first game this season in which the Lightning did not have a big double digit lead. It didn’t take long after halftime to increase that lead as Evangel went on to score 28 point before Freedom got their last score to make it 55-26. The Freedom Cowboys had a great season finishing 12-2 losing only to Evangel earlier in the season and in the NHSA Championship.

Semifinal games:
Evangel Lightning 49 Tennessee Heat 0
Freedom Cowboys 52 Hillcrest Christian Cougars 12

2022 NHSA 8-man All-Star Team
Aden Luchtefeld Tennessee Heat
Aiden McDowell Tennessee Heat
Aiden Woods Tennessee Heat
Bram Day #4 Freedom Cowboys
Carson Donovan Evangel Lightning
Clay Staton Evangel Lightning
De’Ashton Lewis Hillcrest Christian
DJ Thomas Hillcrest Christian
Eli Whitfield Evangel Lightning
Elijah Appleton #32 Freedom Cowboys
Hayden Black Evangel Lightning
Hunter Atkins Evangel Lightning
Jackson Tuell Evangel Lightning
Jaden Hobgood Tennessee Heat
Jenson McCartha #20 Freedom Cowboys
Jonathan Roby Hillcrest Christian
Josiah Karr #25 Freedom Cowboys
Judah Thompson Evangel Lightning
Kaden Jones Evangel Lightning
Landon Heath Hillcrest Christian
Oliver Johnson #9 Freedom Cowboys
Pierce Dalton #72 Freedom Cowboys
Torian Tillison Hillcrest Christian


To visit the NHFA National Championship (Homeschool football)website CLICK HERE


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