Both the Legacy and Timberview football programs had one last chance this past weekend to qualify for the 2016 Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships that take place July 7-9 in College Station, and though neither managed to do so, the teams were able to see the positive side to their summer efforts.
The Broncos and Wolves both took part in the final area 7-on-7 state qualifier, hosted by L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. Legacy dominated its pool, winning all three games over Lovejoy, Haltom and Haslet Eaton. Timberview won its initial two games against White Settlement Brewer and Grapevine but failed to move out of pool play following a hard-fought 32-27 loss to Dallas Woodrow Wilson.
“As a team I feel like we really grew, especially out here,” Wolves senior Zeke Kuyawa said. “We got to bond for the day and as a team I feel we really came together. I like the way we performed. I know we didn’t get [the state tournament qualification] but you just have to keep working.”
Timberview head coach James Brown was on hand to watch his team, and he put the results in perspective.
“For us it’s just about competition and getting out and competing a little bit and seeing what our young guys can do,” he said, noting the growth of 2016 quarterback prospects Kuyawa and Jyron Russell. “I think they’re both doing a real good job this summer and both had real good springs. I think they’re both in tune with what we’re doing offensively, and to be honest this [style of 7-on-7] isn’t really our game. Our game is about running the football and playing good defense, so for us I think if they can manage the game we’re in good shape.”
After pool play, Legacy battled North Crowley in the semifinals with a state tournament berth on the line. The Panthers took control early and ran out to a 41-7 victory. Following the disappointing game, quarterback Kendall Catalon tried to look at the bigger picture of the summer.
“I saw a lot of progress in team bonding and getting to know each other,” he said. “For us, I’m glad at how we competed today. I’ve been working on that relationship with my receivers and getting on the same page. In 7-on-7 you’ve got to be on the same page. And also learning how to manage situations. If it’s third down and four, know what you need. If you need a touchdown, if you need a first down, things like that.”
Both Timberview and Legacy will now finish out the summer with their regular conditioning work before fall camp.
“We’re going to keep busting our tails in the weight room and on the field and pushing each other to get ready for Sept. 2, our first game,” Catalon said. “I’m very excited. I’ve got it marked on my calendar.”