Frisco Liberty: Frisco Liberty from all indications has solid talent and should be semi-competitive in SQT play especially considering the pool isn't too daunting. LHS still is a new school and very inexperienced and I can't imagine a scenario where they advance past pool play.
Dallas Conrad: The Chargers much like Frisco Liberty are a brand new school with very little experience and even less experience in SQT play. Look for Conrad to face major struggles.
Lake Dallas: The talent for the Falcons is still on the rise and as evidenced by their run to the semi-finals in the Bowie SQT last year, Lake Dallas is among the better 7 on 7 teams in the area. QB James Franklin who did a little bit of everything last year, will take the reins of the offense. Watch out for LDHS, they are the favorite to take this pool.
Richardson Lake Highlands: The Wildcats made their SQT debut last year in two SQTs and made decent accountings of themselves. LB Austin Jones is a big time prospect and leads the defense, also keep your eye on QB Jake Vines.
Little Matt's Pool Pick: Lake Dallas
Big Matt's Pool Pick: Richardson Lake Highlands
Lewisville Hebron: The Hawks are the odds on favorite to not only qualify but win the SQT. Not many teams boast the kind of depth Hebron has with guys like WR's Alex Norman and Phillip Mitchell, a solid back in Darius Staten and one of the top DB's in the area in Justin Iwuhi. Hebron narrowly missed winning their pool last week at Colleyville Heritage posting a 2-1 mark.
Frisco Wakeland: Wakeland probably presents the toughest potential challenge to Hebron. The Wolverienes feature the top QB in the SQT in Arkansas commit Will Secord who will likely play this week as WHS was eliminated from the baseball playoffs. In their first SQT last week, Wakeland posted a 2-1 mark missing out on a semi-final spot on a tiebreaker.
Richardson Pearce: The Mustangs played in their first SQT last year at Grapevine, and they are looking to possibly make a bid at the State Tournament. WR Michael Webb leads the offense as he was first team all 10-4A as a junior. PHS is in a tough pool and they likely will struggle to win a game.
Keller Central: The Chargers made a stunning run to the State Tournament last year and when they got to College Station, Central played very well. WR Jarrod Darden is a big target and is capable of making plays, but Central in order to qualify will need to make another surprising run and get hot.
Little Matt's Pool Pick: Lewisville Hebron
Big Matt's Pool Pick: Lewisville Hebron
Coppell: The Cowboys advanced all the way to the Quarter-Finals in the State Tournament last year in their first season playing in SQTs. Coppell graduated some strong talent but the cupboard is not bare. QB Tony Trahan leads the offense and he's got weapons in RB Evans Okatcha and WR/DB Ryan Kirkley. CHS is one of the favorites to win a very tough pool.
Wylie: The Pirates failed to qualify for the State Tournament last year for the first time since 2001, however as always Wylie is dangerous. The Pirates feature QB Jared Monk who is big, strong and has a cannon for an arm. With Monk, Wylie has as strong shot at getting past Coppell and moving on to the semi-finals.
Saginaw Boswell: The Pioneers are a sleeper to make some major noise in this SQT. Boswell played extremely well two weeks ago at the Keller non-qualifier tournament and now that they've had a week to work on 7 on 7 they are dangerous. The strength for Boswell is the defense led by DB Emeka Ekwulugo and DB Kirk Harbetts and on offense watch out for WR Michael Shuford and RB Dante Lipscomb. Boswell has plenty of weapons to knock off both Wylie and Coppell if things break right.
The Colony: The Cougars in the past have been a 7 on 7 doormat, but TCHS showed last year they are not a team to be overlooked as they played very well in SQT play last year and carried that over into a much better fall than anticipated. RB Tony Peoples is the marquee player for the Cougars.
Little Matt's Pool Pick: Coppell
Big Matt's Pool Pick: Wylie
Denton Guyer: I can't call myself a genius because I didn't take the Wildcats to win their pool last week at Colleyville but I can say I did say I called Guyer a sleeper. No one thought Guyer would win their first four games and move on to their first ever State Tournament. They'll still bring a full squad to Liberty as they've still got some kinks to work out as they gear up for the State Tournament but look for them to try and develop some depth as the summer moves on.
Richland: The Rebels made the State Tournament for the first time since 2004 last year and most think RHS could be even stronger this year. Phillip Gonzalez who played QB for RHS during 7 on 7 will move back to his more natural position of WR/DB and the Rebels have a big time DB in Isaac Umesi. RHS is the odds on favorite to take this pool.
Dallas Pinkston: The Vikings are making their SQT debut and although they have a strong group of athletes, they don't have the experience or depth to make a big impact. Keep an eye on Grand Prairie transfer Lazarian Hope who will make an impact on both sides of the ball.
Weatherford: The Kangaroos last made a run to the State Tournament in 2006, but they don't have the talent they quite had in those seasons. Weatherford runs the ball a lot more and they don't seem to put as much effort into their 7 on 7 anymore. I can't see them making much noise.
Little Matt's Pool Pick: Richland
Big Matt's Pool Pick: Richland
Little Matt's Picks: Lewisville Hebron over Lake Dallas and Coppell over Richland
Big Matt's Picks: Lewisville Hebron over Richardson Lake Highlands and Wylie over Richland
Little Matt's Pick: Lewisville Hebron over Coppell
Big Matt's Pick: Lewisville Hebron over Wylie