Football University national tourney begins Saturday in Buford

A number of Gwinnett Football League (GFL) standouts will participate in the first round of the Football University National Championships, a bracketed tournament that begins this weekend at the Buford Youth Sports Complex. There are five games planned for Saturday and four more for Sunday.

Over 5,000 youngsters and 128 teams will participate in this year's championships, which concluded with the winner being crowned at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6.

The first game Saturday is a 10 a.m. exhibition between North Georgia/GFL and Georgia Middle School Athletic Association sixth-graders. It's followed by two seventh-grade games -- North Georgia/GFL plays Spartanburg at noon -- and two eighth-grade games -- North Georgia/GFL faces Spartanburg in the eighth-grade division at 4 p.m.

Sunday games begin at 10 a.m. with the two winner's bracket games in seventh and eighth grade at 2 and 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.footballuniversity.org/fbunc.