Seguin Cougars hoping summer 7-on-7 leads to fall success

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Seguin has missed the football playoffs the past three seasons. But the Cougars are hoping that success this summer in 7-on-7 can bleed over into August, and ultimately into November.

The team is one of 64 qualified for the Division I 7-on-7 state championship tournament, to be held July 12 and 13 in Leander.

“I think it’s just the mindset of winning,” Cougars coach Carlos Lynn said. “Seguin hasn’t traditionally been a powerhouse at football. We’re trying to build a program the right way.

“We’ve had some steady progress, and when you’re trying to build a winning culture, you celebrate every victory and every accomplishment your team makes. So for us, it’s just building confidence that we can do good things and that good things can come from Seguin football. So with every positive step we’re headed in the right direction.”

Seguin hosted a 7-on7 league this summer and won it, beating Cedar Hill. The Cougars played in just one qualifying tournament, in Southlake, and earned a berth in the state tournament.

“We’re putting a big emphasis on trying to go out and win it,” Lynn said. “All the teams that have qualified have worked hard to do so; therefore, I don’t think there are too many teams going there just to make an appearance. We’re in the same mind frame. We’re going to try to win it all. Of course, there will be some outstanding competition and some great teams, but we’re going in with the mindset of trying to come back with that championship trophy. I think you should stay at home if you’re not trying to do that.”

One of the things boosting the Cougars’ confidence is the play of quarterback Kelton Moore. The senior is entering his third season as the starter at Seguin and has shown steady improvement.

“He’s sort of coming into his own,” Lynn said. “He’s matured now. He’s been on this bicycle before and ridden this path before. I think the game is starting to slow down for him a little bit. He’s understanding coverages.

“And, I’ll tell you one thing that’s been impressive is that he’s spreading the ball around. We don’t have just one key guy or two keys guys. All five of our guys know they can be expecting the ball at any time because Kelton distributes the ball where it’s supposed to go. That’s probably been one of the big, big reasons of our success is that he’s taking what the defense is giving him.”

Like his coach, Moore himself has felt the growth in his decision-making this summer.

“It’s helped me knowing different defensive schemes and how to read the defenses better,” he said. “And how to call the right routes and audibles.”

Another element developing is the timing with receivers. Though the Cougars will feature four seniors at wideout this season, most of them played sparingly last year.

“They’ve grown up in the program and are real confident and doing a lot of outstanding things,” Lynn said. “It’s more just about the teamwork. The more those guys are together and throwing and catching, and running the routes and getting timing down, I think there’s a lot of benefit to it.”

The Cougars have been placed into Pool A in the state tournament, paired with El Paso Coronado, Houston Stratford and Lake Travis.

“We’re just coming out there with a head full of confidence and putting our faith in God that he’ll point us in the right direction,” Moore said. “So I feel good about it. We just have to stay healthy and be in good condition.”

Moore believes any success taken from the state tournament, especially a state title, could be huge heading into the 2013 season.

“It surely would carry over,” he said. “We’ll have more drive and motive to keep us going, knowing that we had some success in 7-on-7. We can carry that momentum over into the season and hopefully keep it up.”

Cory Bennett, who serves as the head coach of the Seguin 7-on-7 squad, agrees, even if the tournament does result in a trophy.

“I think our hard work is going to translate over,” Bennett said. “The way our team has jelled into a group and a family atmosphere, I think that will carry over. Hopefully, we can start a tradition of winning at Seguin. That’s what we’re looking for.”

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