Rockwall SQT Picks and Preview

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Pool play will begin around 9pm and registration will be at the Rockwall Indoor Facility.

Pool A

Rockwall

Plano* (can not advance past pool play; state qualifier)

The Colony

Garland Lakeview Centennial

Rockwall after stunning the field at last year's 7 on 7 state tournament and earning a runner-up finish will have some work to do to get back to that level. However, the Yellow Jackets have a nice building block in District Offensive MVP Braden Smith. RHS also features a solid WR in Michael Patterson who can contribute on the defensive side of the ball as well. Plano, led by do it all Rex Burkhead, and some savvy coaching from the sidelines locked up a berth in the state tournament last week at Colleyville Heritage. The Wildcats who can't advance past pool play will likely mix and match line-ups and let lots of guys get some work the next few weeks in preparation for the state tournament. The Colony was rained out last week in their SQT opener, the Cougars may struggle some in a solid pool. Garland Lakeview makes their triumphant return to SQT play after a 2 year hiatus. The Patriots will feature some good athletes, led by one of the top players in the SQT in DB Corrigan Powell. LCHS may suffer from lack of experience in a pool that features lots of experienced teams. Other than Plano I don't see anyone being a legitimate threat to Rockwall, and I see them advancing with ease.

Little Matt's Pick: Rockwall

Pool B

Mesquite Poteet

Mabank

Wylie

Rowlett

This pool starts out with the Poteet Pirates, after a solid 2006 season PHS has a bit of rebuilding to do and they'll try to start that rebuilding with 7 on 7 play. Keep an eye on DB Andrew Maddox who could contribute on the offensive side of the ball. Mabank could be a contender to qualify for state in the small school side of things and they are playing with the big boys to possibly prepare for the small school SQT. Mabank is led by junior QB Kolton Browning who had a sensational sophomore season. Wylie much like The Colony was rained out last week; the Pirates likely will have their best chance to qualify for state in 2 weeks when they host their own SQT. Wylie is extremely scrappy and they have some talent. QB Jerod Monk has a big arm and he's got speedy Chris Givens and WR David Duvall as weapons. Rowlett featured a very young team in 2006, and those young players have matured and could help the Eagles to a big 2007, keep an eye on WR Reed Graham and TE Taylor Jackson. This pool shouldn't pose too many problems for Wylie, Poteet and Rowlett haven't had much 7 on 7 success. Mabank has been known to pull some surprises in this SQT and with a great QB they'll be a handful for Wylie, but I'll take the Pirates.

Little Matt's Pick: Wylie

Pool C

Garland Naaman Forest

Plano East

Tyler Lee

Royse City

The dreaded bottom half of the tournament looks to be loaded once again and it starts with a very strong Pool C. Naaman Forest makes their SQT debut this year and the Rangers are led by a couple of junior skill players in RB Jonathan Miller and WR Derek Osborne who was District 10-5A sophomore of the year. Plano East will once again carry high expectations into the season, but the Panthers have high summertime expectations as well. The Panthers will field a deep and talented squad, but the key is QB Riko Smalls. If Smalls plays well PESH could contend for a title in College Station, but if his play falters the Panthers are beatable. PESH also features three solid WR's in Mikey White, Austin Conyers and Kevin Smith. Tyler Lee is another long time 7 on 7 power and the Red Raiders are never short on talent. However Lee's talent is young and very green and in a pool with an experience Plano East squad this SQT could be a learning experience. Royse City has long been active in 7 on 7 play hosting their own tournament in May, but this is their first SQT in recent memory. The Bulldogs feature some excellent talent and they could be possibly gearing up to qualify for the small school SQT. QB Richard Morrison leads the ‘Dawgs offense along with WR's Bert Boudreaux and Carlos Gallegos. RCHS is very dangerous in a one game situation although I don't believe they have the depth to last on this side of the bracket. Overall, this looks to be Plano East's pool to lose.

Little Matt's Pick: Plano East

Pool D

Marlin

North Mesquite

South Garland

Forney

Marlin was unable to get their 7 on 7 legs under them last week, the Bulldogs despite being a 2A school have some serious athletes and will compete with anyone. They have big time 7 on 7 experience after taking some lumps last year. Much like Royse City I think a lack of depth will hurt them in a top heavy pool but they are dangerous. North Mesquite who made a solid run at the state tournament last year and with their top receivers back in LaNear Sampson and Daymond Patterson the Stallions are a favorite, but their young defense will have to play well. South Garland has one trump card the other teams don't have in QB Nick Florence, the Colonels also feature DB Joseph Ibiloye and WR Steven Osborne. The Colonels top to bottom appear to have the best athletes in this pool. Forney may be in over their heads in this very tough pool, keep an eye on speedy junior RB/DB Peter Smith. South Garland and North Mesquite will be a war, on paper SGHS has the advantage but I'll go with experience and the Stallions.

Little Matt's Pick: North Mesquite

Semi-Finals

Rockwall vs. Wylie I expect Wylie to play the host Yellow Jackets tough, but in the end Rockwall and their solid and steady QB play gets them a state tourney berth.

Little Matt's Pick: Rockwall

Plano East vs. North Mesquite Last year when these two got together at the Wylie SQT it was all PESH. I look for the Stallions to keep things close, but I like the Panthers depth and their scrappy aggressive play on defense.

Little Matt's Pick: Plano East

Finals

Rockwall vs. Plano East

In a rematch of last year's bi-district playoffs, I'll go with the playoff winner and take Plano East. I think the Panthers have more talent and depth and at the end of a long day it'll show.

Little Matt's Pick: Plano East


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