Observations And Thoughts From Day 3 Of The Texas 7on7 Championship

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2019’s top-ranked wide receiver may be determined between Trejan Bridges and Garrett Wilson.
If you haven’t seen either Hebron’s Trejan Bridges of Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson in person, you’re missing out. Each display a tremendous amount of instincts, body control and an innate ability to secure the ball in an exciting fashion. In short, watching these guys in person — especially in a 7on7 setting — is truly an exciting experience. When it’s all said and done, expect these two to have a huge say in the top-ranked wide receiver in the state discussion.

Lake Travis isn’t going anywhere.
The Cavaliers arrived to College Station as the defending 2016 state champions and will head back to Austin as the Adidas Texas 7on7 champions. Lake Travis has talent at all of the right positions, a secondary that comes up with critical plays at key junctures and a seemingly unstoppable tandem on offense in quarterback Matthew Baldwin and the aforementioned Wilson. Both Baldwin and Wilson will be playing college football at a high level one day, but not before they lead Lake Travis to another extremely successful season in 2017.

Don’t judge DeSoto by it’s 7on7 record (2-3).
DeSoto entered the weekend as one of the most touted 7on7 rosters in the entire field and judging by its record, the Eagles didn’t live up to the expectations. This is a team you can’t judge by it’s 7on7 cover, though, after DeSoto finished 2-3 at the event, topping just Pearland and Coppell.

The reasoning for the struggles are quite simple: DeSoto wasn’t at full strength. Among other absences, German and Gemon Green, DeSoto’s Michigan commits, weren’t active on Friday with German nursing a shoulder injury and Gemon at The Opening Finals in Oregon. The Eagles will be back in 2017; make no mistake about it.

Game of the day: Lake Travis vs. Waxahachie.
Lake Travis’ tournament-concluding matchup with Waxahachie was the game of the day, and not simply because the Division I title was on the line. In what became a final score of 34-33 in favor of Lake Travis, the two came out swinging from the jump and answering each other’s points in a matter of moments. It was clear for quite some time that the team that had the ball last would have a chance to win, just as Waxahachie did before going for two instead of attempting to tie the game after a last-second touchdown.

Johnathan McGill is a future star at the next level.
I only got to watch Coppell athlete Johnathan McGill once during the event, but he looked the part of a high school star and future collegiate standout on virtually every snap. Offensively, McGill is a bundle of electric playmaking at wide receiver and when the field was flipped, he’s an exceptional coverage corner with considerable instincts. Stanford and Texas are among the schools interested in his services.

A&M Consolidated is on the rise.
A&M Consolidated likely didn’t expect to find itself pitted against Lake Travis in the semi-finals of the championship bracket, but that’s exactly where the Tigers were on Saturday afternoon. A&M Consolidate’s weekend came to an end with a 41-40 loss to the eventual champion, but capped the event with an considerably impressive 5-2 record, including a monstrous 47-14 victory over a St. Pius X team loaded with talent. With quarterback Gage Pahl orchestrating the offense, expect the Tigers to make some noise in 2017.

Cy Ranch may have a gem in transfer wide receiver CJ Hardy.
After transferring from Waller, CJ Hardy appears to be on the brink of arriving with a bang at Cy Ranch. A 2019 talent, Hardy was a do-it-all guy for Waller and while he was featured at wide receiver over the weekend, he was nothing short of impressive and the lifeblood and Cy Ranch’s offense. Hardy is definitely a name to know going forward.

Division I talent doesn’t always equate to success in 7on7.
Future Power 5 prospects typically steal the show when they step on the field, but that wasn’t always the case this weekend. While a Lake Travis team with plenty of talent ultimately won the Division I title, programs such as St. Pius X and Manvel didn’t find nearly as much success as expected, and often times, teams would have future collegiate players on the field that were held in check by prospects you may have never heard of.

7on7 is certainly its own breed of football.

 

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