Red Grange Classic debuts at WW South

Eight of the area’s premier football teams, including three of last year’s state champions, will compete Wednesday in the inaugural Red Grange Classic at Wheaton Warrenville South.

The classic, which is a 7-on-7 competition, will include Class 5A state champions Montini, Class 7A state champions Wheaton Warrenville South, Class 8A state champions Maine South, Barrington, Glenbard West, New Trier, Wheaton North and York.

All eight team qualified for the playoffs in 2010 and combined for a 77-19 record.

“Nike asked me to run it,” Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch said. “We decided to run it with a competitive tint to it, which is a lot different. You have three downs to get 15 yards. We’re keeping scoring, and there’s a tournament after pool play.”

Pool play begins at 8:30 a.m., and the tournament starts at 1:15 p.m.

Beginning next year, the winner of the classic will earn an automatic bid to the National Select 7 on 7 Championship in Hoover, Ala.