Wylie SQT at SMU Preview

TexasPrepInsider's Matt Stepp breaks down the SQT this week being hosted by Wylie. Check out the breakdown and pool picks!

The SQT hosted by Wylie has been moved to a prime location on the campus of SMU in Dallas. This is a win-win for both parties as Wylie gets to host their SQT at a great location with great facilities and SMU gets some free exposure for their up and coming program. Two spots in the 7 on 7 State Tournament at Texas A&M are on the line. Several key players could be out for various teams due to SAT testing but we'll do the preview with the assumption every team will be at full strength. Pool play for this one starts at 8am.

POOL A

Wylie: Wylie nearly qualified last week at Frisco Liberty, losing a close game to Hebron in the semi-finals. Wylie barely got out of pool play as they started slow losing to Boswell in their opener before posting back to back impressive wins over The Colony and Saginaw Boswell. Keep your eye on QB Jared Monk who has great size at 6'5 and he moves well for his size.

Coppell: The Cowboys were impressive last week advancing all the way to the Frisco Liberty SQT championship before falling to Hebron. CHS has qualified for state and they likely will work in their young players as they prepare for the State Tournament.

Lake Dallas: The Falcons feature a major talent in 2010 QB in James Franklin. Franklin sports great size, a quick release and uncanny touch. However Lake Dallas lacks the talent and speed in the skill positions and that will be their undoing.

Denton: Once a power in 7 on 7 and in the fall, the Broncos have struggled to even stay at a respectable level. DHS last made the 7 on 7 State Tournament in 2004 and it would take a string of major upsets for Denton to even be playing for spot in the State Tournament.

Little Matt's Pool Pick: Wylie

POOL B

Lewisville Hebron: The Hawks got off to a slow start last week at Frisco Liberty but behind the stellar play of QB Justin Iwuhi HHS got it going as the day progressed and would up going 5-0 and winning the tournament to secure a spot at College Station. WR's Alex Norman and Phillip Mitchell are dangerous and RB Darius Staten is one of the most exciting players in the state.

Frisco Liberty: The RedHawks are not to be overlooked, despite not having any big time talent Liberty is a very underrated 7 on 7 bunch. They posted a 2-1 record in pool play last week at their own SQT and missed out on a semi-final spot with a narrow loss to Richardson Lake Highlands.

Garland Lakeview Centennial: The Patriots stunned most observers last year by qualifying for the State Tournament at the Wylie SQT. Lakeview features some good athletes which makes them an extremely dangerous 7 on 7 team. Keep an eye on WR Cameron Brewer and DB Augustine Ume-Ezeoke, if underestimated LCHS can sneak up on people.

Rockwall: The Yellow Jackets finished 2-1 in pool play last week, losing out on a tiebreaker to South Grand Prairie. RHS is a solid 7 on 7 bunch led by WR Adam Dingwell, but they lack the depth at the skill spots they usually have as the opening of Rockwall Heath has hurt depth. However, the performance of Rockwall last week was good enough to make them the favorite to win the pool.

Little Matt's Pool Pick: Rockwall

POOL C

Richardson Lake Highlands: Lake Highlands is blessed with some excellent talent led by do it all LB Austin Jones. On offense the Wildcats feature a couple of big time receivers in Billy Allen and Desmond Roland. LHHS advanced to their first ever semi-final in a SQT at Frisco Liberty last week, however the competition in this pool will be much tougher.

Garland Naaman Forest: The Rangers are making their SQT debut this year and not many teams can boast the kind of talent NFHS has. RB Jonathon Miller is already committed to Oklahoma, and even though backs don't make a huge impact in 7 on 7 play Miller is dangerous. 2010 WR John Harris is possibly the top WR in his class, and DB Terrence Bullitt is a ball hawk in the secondary. The key for NFHS will be the play of QB Derrick Osbourne. If he plays well, the Rangers could win the pool.

North Mesquite: NMHS last made the State Tournament back in 2006, the Stallions have some good talent at WR with 2010 prospect Devin Patterson along with Wills Point transfer Mark Barefield. Garland QB Josh Mouse is also now at North Mesquite and he'll give the Stallions even more speed at that spot. The defense is led by speedy LB Chris Royal.

Plano: Plano for their first two games last week looked flat unbeatable, but then the Wildcats had no answers for Dallas Skyline and fell just short of advancing to the semi-finals last week at the Plano SQT. Look for Plano to be on a mission this week and I am thinking guys like Rex Burkhead and Kris Lott will step their games up even more and I'll take Plano Sr. to win the pool.

Little Matt's Pool Pick: Plano

POOL D

Allen: AHS was the other team who lost out in the three way tie last week with Rockwall and South Grand Prairie. The Eagles are a strong contender to not only win their pool but also qualify led by WR Uzoma Nwachukwu and QB Matt Brown on offense. If Allen can get it together on defense they'll be dangerous.

Sherman: The Bearcats are led by TCU commit RB Waymon James, and SHS is typically a solid 7 on 7 bunch as they have qualified for the past 2 State Tournaments. However the going will be pretty tough in this SQT and I don't see Sherman winning more than a game.

South Garland: New coach and plenty of new players for the Colonels. SGHS will need to focus of breaking in their young QB as the loss of Nick Florence to Baylor hurts. SGHS is solid in the secondary with Jamal White and Denzel Davis.

Hebron JV: The Hawks JV squad will once again participate in a SQT to try and help fill a tournament. Hebron's JV played last week at Plano posting an 0-3 record in pool play.

Little Matt's Pool Pick: Allen

SEMI-FINALS

Little Matt's Picks: Rockwall over Wylie and Plano over Allen

FINALS

Little Matt's Pick: Plano over Rockwall


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