For the last six years the Quarterback Club, the Indian football team’s booster club, has signaled the end of spring practice with its biggest fund-raiser.

This year was no different as the Quarterback Club hosted a barbecue lunch last Saturday before the Indians went out and won their first 7-on-7 tournament of the season.

“In the last seven years the Quarterback Club has raised $140,000 for things our budget couldn’t cover,” head football coach David Ream said. “It’s very important to the entire program, its the club’s biggest fund-raiser and it gives us an opportunity to run our 7-on-7 tournament at the same time.”

Waxahachie hosted three other teams and ran through the tournament with a 4-0-1 record.

In the past, the Indians have hosted as many as eight teams at the tournament.

“Everything went off really well,” Ream said. “Typically we have an eight-team tournament, but with all the rain we had, teams canceled because they moved their spring game to Saturday.”

The Indians opened the tournament with a 41-26 win over Lancaster before tieing Red Oak, 19-19, in the second game.

In their third game the Indians blasted O.D. Wyatt 44-15 to move on to the semifinals, where they beat Lancaster for a second time, 19-6.

In the championship game, the Indians held on for a 27-26 win over Red Oak.

Ream believes playing 7-on-7 comes with plenty of benefits, but warns that there can be negative side effects if teams are not careful.

“It helps with timing and keeps what we do in the fall fresh on their mind,” he said, “but sometimes quarterbacks can get into bad habits in holding the ball to long.”

Ream also said the up-tempo style of play can help a defense just as much or more than the offense.

“It’s probably better for a defense than an offense because you’re getting to work on man-on-man defense and zone defense so much,” he said. “In the past we’ve had guys earn varsity spots because of how they played during the summer. The summer games give us a better individual evaluation of each player.”

Waxahachie has 40 players planning on competing in 7-on-7 this summer. The Indians’ league includes teams from Ennis, Midlothian, DeSoto and Cedar Hill.

Waxahachie will sport two teams throughout the summer with league play beginning June 5 in Waxahachie.

The league will run through the end of June with games played on Tuesday nights.