2020 NHSA National Championship Nov 13th – 16th

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NHSA Tournament Saturday games will be streamed online with games starting at 12:00 noon (Central). The first game at noon will feature the Ezekiel Academy Knights vs Southern Prep Rangers followed by the Evangel Christian Lightning vs Tennessee Heat.

To view NHSA Tournament Games click here

2020 NHFA Tournament Schedule

Saturday, November 14th
Game 1: 12:00 Ezekiel Academy Knights vs Southern Prep Rangers
Game 2: 3:00 Evangel Christian Lightning vs Tennessee Heat

Monday, November 16th
12:00 Game 1 Losing team vs Game 2 Losing team
Championship Game
3:00 Game 1 Winning team vs Game 2 Winning team

Teams competing for 2020 NHSA Championship
#1 Ezekiel Academy Knights (picture below)


# Evangel Christian Lightning (picture below)

#3 Tennessee Heat (picture below)

Southern Prep Rangers (Camp Hill, Alabama)

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 13th 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 $120 fee per person (players, coaches, family members) with a maximum of $600 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.

Teams interested in competing in the Tournament will need to secure a spot by CLICKING HERE AND FILLING OUT THE TEAM REGISTRATION FORM

Click here to see scores, wins, losses and rankings for 8-man football teams

General information about the 2020 NHSA Tournament can be found by clicking here.

Click here to view the 2020 NHSA Football Brochure

Each player must submit the following Player Eligibility Form before they can compete in the tournament.
Click here to view the 2020 NHSA (8-man football) Eligibility Form

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



In what might be the highest scoring game this year in high school football and possibly ever in 8-man football, Evangel Christian Lightning and Ezell-Harding Eagles played for the NHSA National Championship in Panama City Beach. Evangel Christian from Alabaster, Alabama was successful in their 2-point attempt in the first overtime that clinched the win (92-90) over Ezell-Harding Christian Eagles from Antioch, Tennessee. Evangel was the 2018 National Champions so they become the first team to win back to back championships in the 9 year history of the NHSA National Championship Tournament (8-man Football). The Lightning aerial attack was headed by senior quarterback Tyler Henderson, the tournament MVP. Ezell-Harding’s run-oriented offense was led by senior quarterback Derek Griffin. The game was more like a track meet as touchdowns were often on long runs or pass plays of more than 50 yards. The halftime score was 56-48 with Ezell-Harding in the lead. Evangel trailed the entire second half before tying the game in the last minute of the game.

Evangel Christian Lightning


Evangel Christian defeated unbeaten Christian Community 36-20 to win 2018 NHSA National Championship. Christian Community scored first with 3:08: left in the first quarter on a QB Nathan Rowley short run to go up 6-0. Then with 7:38 on the clock before halftime, Rowley’s TD pass to Mark Pugh pushed the score to 12-0 and it looked like the Colts were in complete control of the game. Evangel was able to drive to the 4 yard line near the end of the first half but fumbled trying to get into the end zone. Down 12-0 at halftime, kick returner Dawson Humphries took the second half kickoff and return it for a touchdown and QB Tyler Henderson was successful on the 2-pt attempt to pull Evangel to within 4 at 12-8. Christian Community answered at the 7:08 mark of the 3rd qtr. with a score of their own as Rowley to Pugh connected again for the touchdown then Rowley pass to Isaac Alton tacked on the 2 pt attempt to go up 20-8. Taking the kickoff, Evangel marched down the field scoring on a nice run by Noah Shears to make the score 20-14 with 5:00 left in the 3rd quarter. Both offenses were moving the ball, however, a Rowley to Pugh pitch of the option play was snagged by Dawson Humphries who scored on the pick 6 to tie the score and then was able to get into the end zone on the 2-pt attempt giving Evangel the lead at 22. With Shears doing the heavy lifting, Evangels ground game began to take it’s toll as the Lightning drove down the field and with 8:32 in the fourth quarter scored on a short run by Daniel Viles and Shears scored on the 2 point conversion to give the Lightning a 30-20 lead. Christian Community, who usually wears out teams in the 2nd half, had the tables turned on them as they just couldn’t get the ball into the end zone. Several end zone passes were dropped and Evangel took over. Pounding the rock and content to run the clock, the defense could not stop Shears and with 3;48 left in the game, he broke loose for the final touchdown and a 36-20 lead. Evangel outscored Christian Community 36-8 in the 2nd half to secure the victory and the title of 2018 National Champions over the 2017 National Champions.


If you are looking for the NHSA Tournament (11-man Independent) website, click here

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


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