Texas 7-on-7 State Championship Day One Recap
DCTF'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INSIDER LOOKS BACK AT DAY ONE OF THE STATE TOURNAMENT!
The 2017 Texas 7-on-7 State Championships got off to a fantastic start on Thursday at Veterans Park in College Station with 64 teams from across the state vying for the title. Each team played three pool games, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the championship bracket and the bottom two teams in each pool playing in the consolation bracket. DCTF was on the scene and got a good look at every team in the bracket, so let’s break down our five biggest takeaways from the first of three days in Aggieland.
Graham Looks Like the Team to Beat
The Steers looked downright dominant in their first three games, winning by a combined score of 126-56, including a 49-13 rout of Mexia, who came into the game unbeaten. The Steers don’t have any individual stars, but all 20 players contribute in a big way and they’ve got an impressive pedigree — they look like the team to beat.
Traditional Powers Stumble
To my recollection, Celina has never not made the championship bracket at the 7-on-7 State Tournament, even when there was just one division. That changed this year as Celina, in a tough pool, posted an 0-3 record including a lopsided 46-28 loss to Needville to close the day out. The Bobcats just looked out of sync all day and frustration set in during their second loss of the day to Abilene Wylie. Celina wasn’t the only usual power to struggle as Gilmer also went winless and Brock went 1-2 and fell to the consolation bracket. Midlothian Heritage had high hopes of a deep run, but the Jaguars lost their finale to Wimberley 34-33 to post a 1-2 record and slip into the consolation bracket.
Small Schools Deliver Big Punches
San Augustine and Wellington are a couple of the smallest schools in the tournament, but that didn’t stop them from going toe-to-toe with the big boys. San Augustine went 3-0 to win their pool and Wellington tied for the top spot in their pool with a 2-1 mark. Wellington (based on tiebreakers) will take the second seed out of their pool. Falls City didn’t advance to the championship bracket in their pool, but the Beavers had a strong showing, notching a win over Navasota.
Graham and China Spring appear to be the two favorites, but there are a few teams flying under the radar that need to be watched. Andrews and Texarkana Pleasant Grove are at the top of the list. Both teams were fairly dominant in their pool play games going a combined 6-0. Don’t sleep on Gatesville either, as the Hornets went 2-1 on the day, but ended pool play with a dominating win over Carthage.
Round of 32 Games to Watch
The championship round kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, and the game that many will be watching pits traditional 4A powers Carthage and Cuero against each other. Argyle vs. Melissa will be a game many DFW fans will be watching, while Somerset and Abilene Wylie promises plenty of intrigue.
Day One Pool Play Scores
Div. II Consolation Bracket
Div. II Championship Bracket