Following a one-year hiatus in Leander, the state 7-on-7 football tournament returns to its original home of College Station.
The middle of July is the moment that signals we have entered the final stretch of the offseason. Fall camp starts in early August.
Carroll is looking to repeat as Division I State Champions, but that’s not the kind of championship quarterback Ryan Agnew and a host of wide receivers desire. It’s all about playing and winning on the Saturday before Christmas.
The Dragons haven’t lost a game this summer. They qualified for the tournament back in late May when they won Justin Northwest’s qualifier. A week later, they went undefeated in their pool at their own tournament. Because they had already qualified, Byron Nelson went out of their pool and also qualified.
“Developing for the season is the most important thing,” Agnew said. “We’re working on getting our routes down and me being crisper with where I’m delivering the ball. You don’t want to go into August and have growing pains.”
Carroll is in Pool I with Wichita Falls, Channelview and The Woodlands and will play on Friday. The top two teams in each pool advance to the championship bracket. The bottom two move on to the consolation bracket.
Agnew is working with a completely new set of wide receivers. The only returner, Parker Fentriss, is sitting out as a precautionary measure due to the torn ACL he suffered in 2013. But Agnew has used the offseason, spring and this summer to mesh with the likes of Zach Farrar, Cameron Emery and C.J. Bryan.
“These wide receivers are special,” Agnew said. “I can already see it that this is a different type of group.
“We definitely do not want to lose. When we get between the lines, we’re going to give it all we got. But in the end, it’s 7-on-7. This isn’t like playing a game in late August with 15,000 people in the stands. We can only get better.”
Strong Lone Star Cup showings
By the way it is trending, Carroll is going to want to claim permanent ownership of the UIL’s Lone Star Cup. For the third consecutive year, Carroll won the Class 5A competition because of its dominance both in athletic and academic competitions. The UIL released the honors on July 1.
This is Carroll’s fifth championship since the Lone Star Cup started in 1997-98. Meanwhile, Byron Nelson finished in fifth place in the 4A competition. Friendswood was the champion.
Keller Fossil Ridge safety Montrel Wilson (6-3, 195) had his share of offers, but when Baylor came in with its offer on June 8, it turned out to be too good for him to turn down. Wilson verbally committed to the defending Big 12 champions two weeks later. Another talented player from Tony Bacarrini’s program to head to the Division I level. Bacarrini will probably have a couple of more by the time Feb. 5, 2015 (National Signing Day) arrives … Consider this season pretty important in the recruitment of Northwest senior quarterback Jesse Drummer. It appears that schools want to see how he performs in the fall before they really make a move on him in terms of offers.