Hardin and Jasper advance in first SQT

Yes folks, seven on seven season is here and TexasPrepInsider is there. On Saturday at the Hardin SQT (State Qualifying Tournament), teams in 3A, 2A and 1A competed for the two coveted qualifying spots. Hardin and Jasper came away with the spots but how did everyone else do?

Hardin SQT Wrap-up

Liberty Fields

Jasper 3-0

Shepherd 2-1

Silsbee 1-2

Liberty 0-3

Jasper was dominating on the first half of the day. Tough defense led by linebackers Donte Rollins and A.J. Bronson was teamed with some great pass and catch by quarterback Dominique Bailey to Darren Beavers. Others who stood out, and there were a lot, Kwame Spikes shined on offense and defense while a slew of others including Ryan Bronson contributed to the winning effort.

Shepherd's group was very spirited and played a tough game against Silsbee to advance to the second half of the day.

Silsbee's quarterback Jeremy Johnson, just a sophomore, was a standout for the day along with several other Silsbee teams.

Liberty had a tough day of it but they will run 80-90% during the season so the 7 on 7 is not their format.

Hardin Fields

Hardin 3-0

Hull-Diasetta 2-1

West Hardin 1-2

Tarkington 0-3

Hardin dominated for the most part with Hull-Diasetta giving them their only real challenge. On offense Sophomore Jeremie Dickie got on a huge roll on the day and helped propel the team. Still it was more than just Dickie with great contributions by Mitch Villemez, John Stelly, Hunter Davis and others to put them over the top. Special kudos to Kellen Haynes who was the coach.

Hull-Diasetta was particularly tough especially since they are a 1A school. Standouts included QB Sam Elliott, TE/LB Tre Dickerson and FB/LB Aaron Cook. They held tough against Hardin in their game but fell short.

West Hardin faced the buzz saw of two very good 7 on 7 teams in Hardin and Hull-Diasetta but still had plenty of positives. One of the biggest was the play of Tyler Copeland. Though he got off to a slow start he surged in the second half of the first game and looked sharp afterwards.

Tarkington is a run based team that was there to have some fun, like Liberty they were out of their element and faced a particularly tough pool.

NOTE: Hardin qualified last season for the state 7 on 7 Tournament and will be returning back again this season.

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