After a few high profile players backed out at the last moments six players from Texas, one player from New York, and one player from Kansas came together to form Team Texas for the Badger Sports 7v7 tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
With only eight players the cards were stacked against the squad to make a long run in the tournament, as the other teams assembled had much more depth and everyone that follows 7v7 football in the Midland Region knows that fresh legs come in to play on day number two when teams push for the Tourney Title.
Team Texas came out of the gates swinging and in the first pool play game they were able to roll up eventual tournament champion Team Mississippi 21-0. And according to Team Texas head coach and former Scout.com analyst Baron Flenory Jr. it was apparent that Stanford commitment and Scout300 receiver Ty Montgomery showcased his skill set.
"We came out right away and jumped all over them," Flenory said. "We blew them out of the water. Ty (Montgonery) is an absolute beast. He was unstoppable all day long. He is definitely one of the best players in the country. He is definitely one of the Top 300 players in the country. He was unreal."
"J.J. Gaines was locking everybody down," Flenory informed of the Irving Nimitz High defender's skill set. "Jeremy Stallworth was out of this world good, he is one that is going to be a beast too. Quentin Gause was really good and he came all of the way down from New York."
Over the past two years QB Ryan Polite has been one of the top producers in 7v7 action and on the field under the lights for DeSoto High and he delivered an accurate and catchable ball throughout the tourney. "Greg, he had all of the throws," Flenory said. "He is a great 7v7 quarterback he can really fit it in there and he can dial up a big play when we needed one and he was very competitive. He is definitely a D1 guy."
After rolling through all of the pool play games on Saturday Team Texas had to turn around and play Team Mississippi again in the first round of single elimination play, but after the grueling tempo of day one the team came out flat and the eventual Tournament Champions bounced them from the competition.
"I feel like we had the best team," Lancaster High defensive back Brandon Baker informed Scout.com. "I feel like if we had a couple more people we could have won. We were tired on Sunday since we were having to go both ways. If we had some more players, we might have been playing for the championship."