Cedar Park HS
Cedar Park: The Wolves last year surprised many by qualifying for the State Tournament with a runner up finish at the Burnet SQT. The Wolves were young last year and return a very experienced crew that could cause problems. Dedrick McKnight is the number one weapon on the offensive side of the ball, while on defense look for Tanner Estes to lead CPHS. Having qualified for the big show last year, Cedar Park is the favorite to take this pool.
Round Rock McNeil: The Mavericks last year behind an explosive offensive attack won the Lake Travis SQT to qualify for the State Tournament for the first time last year. This year if the Mavericks want to repeat the success in the summer it'll be done with a solid defense as LB Kurt Killens and DB Dekkar Williams lead the way. McNeil is in a tough pool and it'll be tough for them to advance past this round given the relative youth on offense.
Brenham: The Cubs have advanced to three straight State Tournaments but they got off to a slow start last week at the Manvel SQT failing to advance out of pool play. The Cubs feature a secondary loaded with talent in Trenton Thomas, Kendrick Washington, Markevious Franklin, and Kendrell Washington. However BHS struggled on the offensive side of the ball last week and in the end that's what did them in last week and likely will keep Brenham from getting out of pool play this week.
Austin High: The Maroons are a very dangerous team in a pool that is wide open, they feature the top WR in the SQT in Emory Blake and he's got a pretty good sidekick in Alston Nuckols. AHS features a solid DB Kris Green. The key for the Maroons will be play at QB, if they get that watch out they could surprise and make their first State Tournament since 2000.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Cedar Park
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Austin High
Pflugerville:PHS hosts this pool, the Panthers aren't big players in the seven on seven scene having not advanced to the State Tournament since 2004. The Panthers feature a run based offense, but most of their playmakers have moved on especially led by do it all playmaker Zaviar Gooden. Don't expect much from PHS as breaking in a new set of skill kids doesn't bode well for 7 on 7 play.
Lake Travis: Say what you want, but seven on seven has played a big role in the run for the Cavaliers to the 2007 Class 4A State Championship. In the 2006 State Tournament a sophomore QB named Garrett Gilbert proceeded to torch tournament favorite Plano East in the pool play and that game signaled the arrival of the now Texas bound signal caller. Gilbert who is heading into his senior year is battling a shoulder injury which he had surgically repaired in February so he might not be 100% but 50% of Gilbert should be enough for LT especially with WR's like Cohl Walla to throw to. Lake Travis is the prohibited favorite to take the pool and the entire SQT.
Austin Bowie: Bowie has made four State Tournaments but they have not qualified since 2003. The Bulldogs however have back one of their stronger groups in recent years and they could at least put up a fight with Lake Travis and possibly qualify at a later tournament. Bowie is led by their pair of big time WR's in Philander Moore and DeAndre Perry, they look to be a solid pick to finish second in this pool.
Kyle Lehman: LHS took their lumps last year and with a relatively young group back I don't expect the Lobos to put up much of a fight in a pool featuring state power Lake Travis and up and comer Austin Bowie. Lehman is likely to finish 0-3 but with a young crew taking some early lumps against strong competition can be a learning experience.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:Lake Travis
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Lake Travis
Pflugerville Hendrickson HS
Pflugerville Hendrickson: Hendrickson is making their first serious foray into SQT play this season. The Hawks will feature solid speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball but they'll struggle to advance out of pool play.
College Station A&M Consolidated: AMC in a down year still advanced to the State Tournament last year. The Tigers bring back some solid skill talent led by TE Taylor Dudley. On defense look for DB Kip Daily and LB Brandon Strain to be top playmakers. The key for AMC will be how they replace QB Dominic Preston. Despite the questions at QB, the Tigers are the favorites to win the pool.
Hutto: The Hippos have never qualified for the State Tournament but it appears this year HHS will be a much more active participant in 7 on 7 action playing in 3 SQTs this year. 2010 WR Nehemiah Hicks is a player to watch, but Hutto still has 3A numbers on the field and going against some bigger schools in the area will prevent them from making an impact.
Round Rock Westwood: Westwood missed out on the State Tournament in 2007 after qualifying for the first time in 2006. The Warriors don't have major speed or athletes but they execute well and are will feature good depth. On offense watch out for 2010 RB Princeton Collins and on defense WHS is led by one of the top LB's in the state in Chase Griesbach.
Little Matt's Pool Pick:College Station A&M Consolidated
Big Matt's Pool Pick:Round Rock Westwood
Round Rock HS
Round Rock: The Dragons are always competitive in seven on seven play, but they haven't advanced to the State Tournament since 2004. RRHS has a big time TE in Andre Taylor who has the ability to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Also keep your eye on WR Josh Elander for the Dragons.
Cedar Park Vista Ridge: Vista Ridge has some solid talent but they don't have the experience in seven on seven play to make a major impact in this pool. The Rangers will likely take their lumps on Saturday.
Georgetown: The Eagles stunned the experts last year and made a shocking run to the 7 on 7 State Championship. Georgetown however graduated the house and they've got a major rebuilding job ahead of them. Given their pedigree in seven on seven play, GHS gets the benefit of the doubt and I'll take them to advance.
Austin Anderson: Anderson features one of the other top offensive weapons in the SQT with P.J. Henderson. The Trojans have never qualified for the State Tournament, but given their offensive talent if a young Georgetown team struggles watch out for a possible surprise pool winner here.
Little Matt's Picks: Lake Travis over Cedar Park and Georgetown over A&M Consolidated
Big Matt's Picks: Lake Travis over Austin High and Georgetown over Round Rock Westwood
Little Matt's Picks: Lake Travis over Georgetown
Big Matt's Picks: Lake Travis over Georgetown