Pool play for this SQT begins at approx. 9am at Round Rock HS. 2 spots are on the line as the winner and tournament runner-up will claim spots in the 7 on 7 State Tournament at Texas A&M University in College Station on July 13-14.
Round Rock Westwood
This pool features three teams who qualified for the state tournament last year and it is headlined by Brownwood. The Lions who haven't lost a game in SQT play the past 2 years usually get their qualifying done early and then roll through the other SQTs. The Lions feature junior QB Casey Pachall who is considered one of the top QB prospects in the Class of 2009. RB Corey Burr is a threat to make plays in the passing game as well, but the Lions will count on young receivers to make plays for their big time QB. RR Westwood qualified for state last year but they were decimated by graduation and they'll have some growing pains this year. Cedar Park should be in the mix in this pool if they can get past perennial power Brownwood, the Wolves feature DB's Matt Knicky and Brandon Lopez along with WR Jamie Knight. Burnet advanced to the state tournament in 2006 after missing the 2005 tournament. The Bulldogs are led by RB Darius Nesby on offense, they don't have a ton of big names but the Bulldogs are always dangerous.
Little Matt's Pick: Brownwood
Diggs' Pick: Brownwood
Brenham looks to be the favorite in this pool as they are back at full strength for 7 on 7 after being bounced from the baseball playoffs. They'll feature the versatile Lester Ward who is nothing short of big time and LB Kyle Mangan and RB Ryan Roberson also lead the Cubs. Round Rock lost a pair of excellent receivers but they still have RB Marcus Jackson, the Dragons may have the best cast capable of winning the pool. Manor hasn't fared real well in SQT play as of late but the Mustangs have a couple of offensive weapons in WR Josh Sykes and RB Leon Manor. MHS has issues with depth and likely the heat of the day will take its toll. Austin Bowie had some solid skill players last year, but those guys are gone. It could be a long day for BHS. Brenham has been a very good 7 on 7 program the past few years and since a lot of their guys have already played in one tournament (Manvel SQT last week) I'll go with the Cubs.
Little Matt's Pick: Brenham
Diggs' Pick: Brenham
Round Rock McNeil
On paper RR McNeil has the headliners as far as talent goes with QB Jake Fenske and Texas commit Aaron Williams on defense. McNeil with their superior QB play could be considered by many a favorite. However Lake Travis is a 7 on 7 power in Central Texas and they've been known to give more talented teams fits. The Cavaliers have their own big time QB in Junior Garrett Gilbert who earned district MVP honors as a sophomore last year and he impressed big time at the state tournament last year. Jason Bird is his top threat at receiver and Sean Robinson heads up the defense. Austin High's Maroons are led by RB Davis Collins and junior WR Emory Blake however they haven't had much success in SQT play and in a tough pool they'll have their hands full. Georgetown qualified for the state tournament in 2006, GHS is led by QB Morgan Mickham but most of his top receivers have moved on. The defense is anchored by DB Maina Musa. This pool will come down to McNeil and Lake Travis and I like LTHS' experience and 7 on 7 savvy.
Little Matt's Pick: Lake Travis
Diggs' Pick: Round Rock McNeil
College Station A&M Consolidated
This pool on paper has the most talent of all the pools. Pflugerville is led by RB Greg Nwoko and WR/DB Zaviar Gooden both have game breaking ability. Hutto may not know what to do this summer as for the first time in 4 years Jeremy Kerley won't be the QB for the Hippos. HHS isn't much of a passing team and I expect them to struggle in a tough pool. A&M Consolidated is one of the pioneers of 7 on 7 play but despite the wealth of talent the Tigers had last year they failed to make the state tournament. It won't be easy for AMC but I do expect their 7 on 7 experience to pay off in this pool. Hendrickson has the top QB in the pool in Spencer Otto, but they also have WR Chris Roddy who gives Otto a reliable target with good speed. I'll take the experience in 7 on 7 play of AMC over the two Pflugerville schools in this pool.
Little Matt's Pick: College Station A&M Consolidated
Diggs' Pick: College Station A&M Consolidated
Little Matt's Pick: Brownwood over Brenham
Diggs' Pick: Brownwood over Brenham
Little Matt's Pick: Lake Travis over A&M Consolidated
Diggs' Pick: A&M Consolidated over Round Rock McNeil
Little Matt's Pick: Brownwood over Lake Travis
Diggs' Pick: Brownwood over A&M Consolidated