The Texas State 7-on-7 Association has released its state tournament pools, and, as usual, there’s plenty of local teams in the mix, including defending 7-on-7 Division I state champion Southlake Carroll.
The tournament rusn from today through Saturday at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. The Division II tournament (Class 4A and below) will run today and Friday, with the Division I tournament (Class 5A and 6A) going Friday and Saturday.
Each team qualified at local tournaments throughout the summer. Most of those had around four pools of four teams, with the winners of each pool playing for two spots to state. For those unfamiliar, 7-on-7 games are played on a 45-yard field and run 40 minutes, with a 20-minute running clock for each half.
A complete lineup of rules and pools, with field locations and pairings, can be viewed on the state association website. Here’s a brief breakdown of each Fort Worth-area team heading to College Station:
Arlington Seguin: The Cougars graduated dynamic quarterback Kelton Moore but still managed to earn a spot in Pool B as the No. 2 seed. They are paired with A&M Consolidated (1), Missouri City Ridge Point (3) and Mission Veterans (4).
Arlington Lamar: The Vikings have qualified for every state 7-on-7 tournament since it began in 1998, and this year, they head into Pool D as the top seed. Junior quarterback Shane Buechele, who has offers from TCU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kentucky, will lead Lamar against Round Rock Cedar Ridge (2), San Angelo Central (3) and Katy (4).
Southlake Carroll: The Dragons, led by senior quarterback Ryan Agnew, will try to defend their 7-on-7 title as the No. 2 seed in Pool I. Carroll is paired with Channelview (1), The Woodlands (3) and Wichita Falls (4).
Fort Worth South Hills: After nearly knocking off host Arlington Bowie two weeks ago, the Scorpions clinched their state berth last week at the Midlothian qualifier. Twins Tracin (QB) and Tylan (WR) Wallace lead third-seeded South Hills into Pool J against Lovejoy (1), Katy Seven Lakes (2) and Tyler Lee (4).
Trophy Club Nelson: The Bobcats missed the state tournament last summer but enter the 2014 edition as the top seed in Pool K. Nelson is paired with Cy Woods (2), Hutto (3) and Plano West (4).
Azle: After earning a spot in the state field in 2012, the Hornets missed a berth last year. But, like Nelson, Azle responded by earning a spot at state this summer. The Hornets enter Pool L as the No. 1 seed against Houston Lamar (2), Plano (3) and Port Neches (4).
Arlington Bowie: Led by TCU commits Tony James (QB) and Niko Small (DB), the Volunteers earned their spot at state by finishing in the top two teams at their own state qualifier two weekends ago. Bowie is paired with Houston Bellaire (2), Tyler John Tyler (3) and Somerset (4).
Stephenville: The Yellow Jackets should be among the favorites in Division II, entering state as the fourth seed in Pool M. Texas Tech commit and nationally-ranked quarterback Jarrett Stidham will lead Stephenville against Celina (1), Robinson (2) and Rockport (3).