Granbury SQT Preview and Picks

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The Granbury SQT will once again be held at Granbury High School, pool play will begin at approx. 9am!!

Pool A

Granbury

Stephenville

Richland

The Colony

The host team's pool features perennial powerhouse Stephenville who is the odds on favorite to take the pool. Stephenville features Oklahoma State commit Kody Spano who was impressive in 7 on 7 play for the most part. He'll have a new group of receivers to work with but in Stephenville its all about the QB!! The ‘Jackets defense is paced by all-state DB Cody Davis who is always around the ball. Granbury really struggled in 7 on 7 play in 2006 after advancing to the state tournament in 2005. I expect the Pirates to be improved this summer but they won't be able to stay with Stephenville. Richland has to replace QB Joe Kemp who put the Rebels on his back the past two years and came within a play of leading them to the state tourney two years in a row. The Colony is another team that traditionally struggles in 7 on 7 play and with all of the turmoil off the field and a poor showing last week at Hebron, the Cougars may be lucky to win a game.

Little Matt's Pick: Stephenville

Diggs' Pick: Stephenville

Pool B

Abilene

Wylie

Glen Rose

Mansfield

This shapes up to be a very good pool, with Abilene and Wylie headlining. For Abilene QB Spense Lackey and WR Kortney McDow lead the way, but the Eagles have plenty of other of offense weapons like RB Keith Flye and speedy WR J.J. James. The Warbirds did take some losses from a solid secondary however. Wylie is young and not very deep but there is some talent for the Pirates including 6'5 QB Jared Monk who has a big arm. Speedy Chris Givens boasts sub 4.4 speed and David Duvall has very reliable hands. Glen Rose could be looking to cut their teeth against the big boys before trying to qualify in a small school SQT, the Tigers boast a good QB in Derek Thompson was 12-3A newcomer of the year in 2006. His favorite target is Hunter Harris, the GRHS defense is led by Arturo Villa and Trent Manning. A lack of speed may come back to haunt the Tigers in this pool. Mansfield is a team no one is talking about, but the Tigers were solid in SQT play last year and is capable of causing havoc in this pool. Mansfield features some great talent headlined by RB Donovan Roberts and DB Kenji Jackson. This pool will come down to the matchup of Abilene vs. Wylie, I like the Warbirds experience in this game as Abilene High especially on offense is a juggernaut.

Little Matt's Pick: Abilene

Diggs' Pick: Wylie

Pool C

Saginaw Boswell

West Mesquite

Fort Worth Eastern Hills

Saginaw

A recurring theme in this SQT is the very even pools, and Pool C is no exception. Both Boswell and West Mesquite used 7 on 7 play as a vehicle for great 2006 seasons but both teams took some hits to graduation. Boswell who nearly beat Southlake Carroll in the Round of 32 at the State Tourney, lost QB Taylor Weidman who was the focal point of the offense. WR Cameron Mavroulis is the top returning offensive weapon for the Pioneers. West Mesquite took some hits also but the Wranglers will once again have no shortage of athletes as man for man they are among the most athletic teams in the state. QB Kendall Thomas headlines the Wranglers offense but he'll have to throw to several young receivers this summer. DB Markeith Elder anchors the defense for WMHS. Eastern Hills will also feature several big time athletes but they are new to SQT competition and that may be their undoing. Keep an eye on WR Dewaine Guyton who has a knack for making spectacular catches. Saginaw High is led by QB Terrance Carlton however he is more known for making plays with his legs than his arm, he'll be looking to develop more as a passer this summer. WR Matt Davilla is a solid WR for the RoughRiders. Look for the game between West Mesquite and Saginaw Boswell to decide supremacy in this pool and I'll take the athletes from West Mesquite.

Little Matt's Pick: West Mesquite

Diggs' Pick: Saginaw

Pool D

Copperas Cove

Marlin

Hico

Arlington Martin

This pool has a little Central Texas feel and a little small school feel with 2 CenTex teams and 2 2A teams. Copperas Cove headlines the field, as the Bulldawgs have qualified for every state tournament although they were disqualified one year for a fight during SQT play. CCHS is led by track phenom Robert Griffin who is also Cove's QB, Griffin whose speed gets all the talk is an underrated passer. RB Troy Vital is the top returning offensive weapon as graduation hurt the Dawgs. Marlin if they don't qualify in the big school bracket is a favorite in the small school tournament. The Bulldogs although small does not duck anyone and will play in any SQT against anyone and they should not be overlooked. Marlin took some lumps last year but they were extremely young and bring back the house on both sides of the ball. If they can overcome their lack of depth watch out! Hico hasn't played in SQTs much but they have cut their teeth in league play against the likes of Stephenville and Brownwood in years past. However HHS may find the going a bit tougher in a pool that is full of very athletic teams. Arlington Martin rounds this field out, the Warriors don't throw it much during the season since they run the wishbone but they are out to prove even wishbone teams can be successful in 7 on 7! The Warriors do have a solid group of athletes and they should be competitive.

Little Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove

Diggs' Pick: Copperas Cove

Semi-Finals

Stephenville vs. Abilene

This should be a solid matchup, both teams are 7 on 7 powers and have experience. Last year these 2 matched up in the Weatherford SQT with Abilene's secondary giving Spano all kinds of problems. I'll go with Abilene's offense to be the difference this year.

Diggs' Pick: Stephenville over Wylie

West Mesquite vs. Copperas Cove

There will be some athletes on the field in this game! I'll go with past history and take Copperas Cove, but I think both these teams will wind up at the State Tournament.

Diggs' Pick: Copperas Cove over Saginaw

Finals

Abilene vs. Copperas Cove

These two have matched up several times in the past at the Abilene SQT, with each team getting their share of wins. I'll go with Abilene's experience and depth at WR to be the difference in this one.

Diggs' Pick: Stephenville over Copperas Cove


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