Colleyville Heritage:The Panthers are one of two teams to have qualified for every State Tournament since 1998, including a title in 2006. Usually CHHS takes care of qualifying at their own tournament and they are aiming to repeat that. The Panthers feature some excellent skill talent with QB Stephen Hill and WR Jake Skinner along with RB Bryan Head. On defense the Panthers are led by shutdown CB Eddie Foster. The Panthers are the favorite to take the pool but the competition will be tougher than in years past when they simply waltzed to the finals.
Denton Guyer:The Wildcats could be a major sleeper, Guyer two years ago took some serious lumps in SQT play. However major progress was made in 7 on 7 and in the fall in 2007 and I expect that progress to continue. GHS had a solid showing at the Keller Non-Qualifier last week, and they feature some speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball. Keep an eye on RB DeAndre Wilson for Guyer, but the key to the Wildcats success will be how their sophomore to be QB progresses. If he plays well Guyer has a real shot to surprise some people this summer.
Fort Worth Paschal:The Paschal Panthers are playing in their first ever SQT this year, and although the experience will help Paschal they are likely to be outmanned on all fronts this week. Paschal simply doesn't have the experience or the athletes to compete at this level of play and things could get ugly in a hurry. Keep and eye on QB Jude Needham and DB Joe Bob Sprinkle.
Arlington:Another potential sleeper lurking in Pool A, the Colts feature some good speed especially at the WR position. AHS has a trio of talented WR's in Jamal Nero, Brandon Lewis and Keighen Thetford, those three will put up some points for Arlington. On defense, AHS is led by LB Bradley Onyegbule. Arlington will put up points but can the secondary give them enough stops to pull an upset or two??
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Colleyville Heritage
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Colleyville Heritage
Arlington Martin:Martin was a last second replacement in the SQT, taking the spot of Highland Park. The Warriors graduated the majority of their skill talent on both sides of the ball so expect them to struggle some. They'll still have a couple of speedy receivers to go to but in the end don't expect much during the seven on seven season from MHS.
Keller:The Indians have not advanced to the State Tournament since 2003, although the Indians in 2004 and 2005 did not actively participate in SQT play. Keller played well at times in 7 on 7 last year, but they don't seem to have the athletes to make a major impact. Throw in the fact they lack experience at most major skill positions and I can't see KHS advancing out of pool play.
Frisco Wakeland:A newcomer to SQT play, Wakeland had a banner season in the fall making the playoffs in their second season of existence. The Wolverienes have the one weapon which can make all the difference in 7 on 7 and that's a big time QB, as WHS has Will Secord who has already committed to Arkansas. Wakeland lost the majority of their other skill players but with Secord they will still be dangerous.
Duncanville:Another SQT newcomer, Duncanville makes their debut in the summer qualifying action this week. The Panthers as expected will feature some major speed and talent on both sides of the ball, including two big time WR's in Chayse Joubert and Jordan Selexman. The key for DHS will be the play of QB Larry Miller, if he plays well Duncanville will be tough to beat. However if he struggles the Panthers won't advance past pool play. With a full off-season and spring ball under his belt, smart money is that Miller plays well as Duncanville is the prohibited favorite to advance.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Duncanville
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Duncanville
Arlington Bowie:The pool of death begins with Arlington Bowie. The Volunteers advanced all the way to the State Semi-Finals in 7 on 7 and to the Quarter-Finals in the fall. From all reports Bowie is just as strong this year in 7 on 7 despite losing many skill players and the number one reason for that is QB Christian Mathews, the Bowie QB has experience and a big time arm and he's a natural leader. The Volunteers have plenty of speedy WR's who can make plays and on defense they are led by DB Dexter Linton. Bowie will be on of the favorites to advance out of pool play and to qualify.
Hurst Bell:The Blue Raiders haven't been known as a 7 on 7 power, in fact Bell has never made it down to College Station for the State Tournament despite having several big time prospects come through like QB Joe Mauro and WR Atem Bol to name a few. Without much experience or talent at any skill spots, especially at QB I don't think Bell fares very well at all in this pool.
Fort Worth Eastern Hills:The Highlanders were the feel good story from last year's seven on seven season, as no one predicted much from EHHS yet twice they nearly shocked all the experts and qualified for the State Tournament. Although, they don't bring back a lot of experience and they are breaking in a new QB, early word is the Highlanders are still speedy and feisty. Although the pool this week looks tough, keep an eye on EHHS later this summer.
Lewisville Hebron:The Hawks really took the next step not only in 7 on 7 but also in the fall making deeper advances than they ever had before at the 5A level. (Hebron did win a Class 4A title in 2005). The Hawks have to fill a major hole at QB, but they are solid at all other positions including 2 big time WR's in Alex Norman and Phillip Mitchell. Another fun player to watch is RB Darius Staten who can flat out fly. On defense the Hawks are athletic and quick led by DB Justin Iwuhi. It'll come down to Bowie and Hebron in this pool and the winner advances.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Arlington Bowie
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Lewisville Hebron
Arlington Lamar:The Vikings are one of only two teams to have qualified for every State Tournament (the other being Colleyville Heritage). The Vikings much like AISD counterpart Bowie advanced all the way to the Semi-Finals at the State Tournament only to lose in the final minute. The Vikings don't quite have the big name talent at the skill spots they had last year but they are always a dangerous foe. Look out for WR David Acker for the Vikes, Lamar has to be considered the favorite in this pool.
Abilene Cooper:CHS makes the road trip into DFW for this SQT, the Cougars haven't qualified for the State Tournament since 2004 but this may be their best chance. Cooper has some major talent led by Oklahoma commit Will Ford, although Ford makes his living on defense he'll be a factor on offense also. Cooper also features DB Demetric Lee and Stephun Hazlett along with RB Amon Pimpton. This pool is tough but Cooper could make noise in a later SQT.
North Crowley:The Panthers were another team who had a solid showing at the Keller tournament last week, but with this being a State Qualifier the competiton steps up a level. NCHS has some excellent speed and height on both sides of the ball which will cause problems. Look out for WR Terrence Crumley on the offensive side of the ball, while DB Eric Wilson may be one of the top defensive prospects in the Class of 2010. The key for the Panthers will be QB play, if they get solid play at that spot they have the potential to be a factor this weekend.
Southlake Carroll:The name of Southlake Carroll typically evokes fear from most, but in 7 on 7 the Dragons are just another good team. However the problem for SLC is even in 7 on 7 they tend to be team's Super Bowl. The Dragons graduated some major league talent last year, but they might have a better 7 on 7 QB in Kyle Padron. Although not the athlete Riley Dodge was, Padron is big and strong and has a cannon of an arm. That alone makes the Dragons a threat.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Arlington Lamar
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Arlington Lamar
Little Matt's Picks:Colleyville Heritage over Duncanville and Arlington Bowie over Arlington Lamar
Big Matt's Picks:Colleyville Heritage over Duncanville and Lewisville Hebron over Arlington Lamar
Little Matt's Picks:Arlington Bowie over Colleyville Heritage
Big Matt's Picks:Lewisville Hebron over Colleyville Heritage