COLLEGE STATION, TX – 49 days remain between now and the start of the Texas high school football season, but the Adidas 7v7 Championships began today at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex outside the campus of Texas A&M University.
7-on-7 is the Texas high school equivalent of the National Football League’s preseason, and it is a chance for the football faithful to warm up before August. The game is about passing and speed; it hardly falls along the lines of conventionality.
“I think we’ve won like two games ever,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire told Dallas Morning News SportsDay HS about his teams’ success at the state tournament. If he sounds a little unsure, he is. Coaches are not allowed to take part in 7-on-7. The rules create a role reversal: it’s up to community members or parents to coach the teams, and the real coaches like McGuire become bystanders at most.
The Longhorns are back-to-back state championships at the 11-man level. They’ll start their campaign for the 7v7 trophy tomorrow. But it’s a long road: Manvel, Mesquite Horn, Katy and district rival Desoto all bring talent bound for the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences following the regular season.
District II boasts the same level of talent. Pool play started with Navasota rolling over Stephenville 54-18 as they went undefeated for the day. Navasota is tough and claimed the UIL’s 2014 state championship last season.
Quarterback Shelton Eppler and wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson, a player who 247Sports.com predicts will be back in Aggieland for his college career, lead the Rattlers.
Pool B would see Pilot Point take their spot in the championship round going undefeated against Clyde, Hitchcock and LaGrange.
Pool C would be controlled by Eastland as they moved on with wins over Canton, LaMarque and Cameron.
The Colts from Worthing High School of Houston, Texas put on an offensive show winning 33-13 over Boerne. The win helped them claim Pool D.
The action in Pool E was the tightest competition of the day as Gatesville, Hamshire-Fannett, and Pittsburg finished with 2-1 records and Van Horn would finish the day winless.
In Pool play F to L, the big winners from day one were Sweetwater, Kountze, Falls City, Brady, China Spring and the powerful Argyle Eagles.
Snyder took Pool M versus Gilmer, Bandera and West. Pool N would be a toss-up between Albany and Chapel Hill with identical records.
Andrews took the top place in Pool O over Brock and in Pool N Carthage and Taylor had the same 2-1 marks for the day.
The last Pool would be Pool P as the Bobcats from Celina would roll through three easy wins over Wimberley, Abilene Wylie and they would roll the Brahmas from East Bernard 42-21 to close out the day.
It’s not an unusual feat for Celina. The Bobcats claimed titles in 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Look for their experience to be a difference maker as the Adidas 7v7 Tournament continues tomorrow.
Division II crowns their champion Friday afternoon, and the Division I winner takes the podium Saturday.
Contributing: Tyler Agnew
EDITOR’S NOTE: After it was posted, the last paragraph as edited to correct when the championships games would be played.