Temple SQT Preview

TexasPrepInsider breaks down all the summer 7 on 7 action for you!! Check out Matt Stepp's preview of the SQT and Matt Diggs chimes in with his picks!

Temple will host their first ever SQT this weekend and although the field is small it is loaded with 8 very strong non-qualified teams. The winner of the SQT will get the only bid to the 7 on 7 State Tournament at Texas A&M. Pool play will start at 9:00am at Temple HS.

POOL A

Temple- The Wildcats foreshadowed what would be their return to prominence with a surprising run to the 7 on 7 State Tournament last year. THS boasts some big time speed across the board and athlete for athlete can match up with anyone. RB Lache Seastrunk is a headliner because of his world class speed and his ability to catch the ball. WR Tevin Reese is also another burner and Quintell Rutledge is a solid option over the middle. On defense watch out for LB Derrick Davis, the key for the Wildcats will be the play at QB. If they get good play there, I think they are the team to beat in the SQT.

Round Rock Stony Point- The Tigers were not at full strength last week and their performance at the Lake Travis SQT showed. Expect more of the big guns to be in the fold this week. QB Nyk McKissic triggers the offense and with Glasco Martin and Desmond Martin to throw the ball to SPHS is dangerous. DB Julian Dozier is a shutdown corner.

Austin Bowie- The Bulldogs finished 2-1 at the Round Rock SQT including playing eventual champion Lake Travis very close. BSH features a pair of big time WR's in Philander Moore and DeAndre Perry. They don't have the depth that the other 3 teams in this loaded pool will have but if they get going they can win the SQT.

Tyler John Tyler- JT makes the long road trip down to Temple from East Texas this week and the Lions appear ready to be a force in 7 on 7 play after missing the state tournament for the first time since 2002 last year. CUJO features a couple of speedy WR's in De'trich Morgan and Dominic Ward. As always JT features a strong secondary that flat out gets after it. Players to watch are Corey Wilson and Charlie Jackson.

Little Matt's Pick: Temple

Big Matt's Pick: Austin Bowie

POOL B

Austin Westlake- The Chaps are playing a lot of young kids this summer, and they have been improving every week. The pool is tough but keep an eye on 2011 QB Preston Dewey. If the young Chaps are at full strength they'll be a tough out for anyone.

Killeen- The Kangaroos struggled two weeks ago at the Waco Midway SQT posting a 1-2 record with their only win being a one score victory over Austin Westlake. Those two could meet up again in pool play this week, DB Marcus Tillman leads the way on defense for KHS who is seeking back to back trips to the state tournament.

Round Rock McNeil- The Mavericks surprised many observers last year with a run to the State Tournament, however a lot of offensive talent has graduated and most of the talent on this season's version is on the defensive side of the ball. DB Dekkar Williams and 2010 LB Kurt Killens lead the way for the Mavericks.

Copperas Cove- The Bulldawgs are a solid bet to win this pool as they are paced by TCU commit WR Josh Boyce and RB Brandin Byrd. On defense Cove has some major talent with LB Tanner Brock and athletic DB's Rashad Hardy and Chris Miller. Look for CCHS to take this pool.

Little Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove

Big Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove

FINALS

Little Matt's Pick: Temple over Copperas Cove

Big Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove over Austin Bowie


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