The Mesquite ISD is hosting their first ever SQT this weekend, North Mesquite has hosted on their own in years past but this is the first year facilities district wide will be utilized. Pool A will be played at Mesquite Memorial Stadium, Pools B and C will be at West Mesquite HS and Pool D will be played at Hanby Stadium. All the action gets started at 9am and there will be two spots in the 7 on 7 State Tournament on the line.
North Mesquite- The Stallions are after their first trip to the State Tournament since 2006 and despite not having a full compliment of players NMHS finished with a respectable 2-1 record at the SMU SQT hosted by Wylie. Look for the Stallions to have all their bullets which include WR Mark Barefield and sophomore RB Joe Bergeron. Defense will be the key for NMHS as LB Chris Royal will be back and if can help keep a young secondary under control North has a great shot at qualifying.
Wylie- The Pirates sent basically a JV squad to Coppell last week and they took some lumps going 0-3 in a very tough pool. I expect Wylie to be more at full speed this week and with QB Jared Monk leading the offense, AHMO has one of the better groups around. Having already qualified Wylie will not be able to advance past pool play.
Garland Lakeview Centennial- The Patriots didn't fare too well two weeks ago at SMU as they posted an 0-3 mark. Despite qualifying for the State Tournament last year, LC just doesn't seem to have the horses to do much this summer and I can't see them making much noise. Keep an eye on DB Augustine Ume-Ezeoke who is LCHS' top player.
Mansfield Legacy- The Broncos took their lumps at the Plano SQT on May 31, but the next week they seemed unfazed as they fared much better at Southlake Carroll. LHS went 1-2 but they played a very good Arlington Lamar squad close falling only 21-18. The Broncos have good speed and depth and if overlooked they have the potential to sneak up on people.
Little Matt's Pick: North Mesquite
West Mesquite- The Wranglers barely missed out on the State Tournament last year losing a heartbreaker to Coppell in the Granbury SQT semi-finals. Sophomore to be QB Trevone Boykin leads the way for WMHS and his favorite target is big time WR Skyler Scott. WMHS has major speed on both sides of the ball and will be a tough out.
Arlington- The Colts have made a huge splash in the 7 on 7 scene this summer and they are a darkhorse pick to possibly win the State Tournament. QB Matt Joeckel has emerged over the summer as a major prospect and WR's Corey Broadnax and Jamal Nero have been major weapons in the Colts high powered offensive attack. AHS might not bring all their big guns this weekend having already qualified for the State Tournament.
Garland Naaman Forest- The Rangers didn't have all their bullets two weeks ago at the SMU SQT, but look for NFHS to be at full strength this weekend. QB Derrick Osbourne and his play will be key for the Rangers to make a run at the State Tournament. RB Jonathon Miller and WR John Harris are both big time weapons and on defense Terrence Bullitt is a rangy defensive back who can cover a ton of ground.
Mesquite Poteet- The Pirates have never made the State Tournament and they don't put much of an emphasis on State Qualifiers. However, I expect the Pirates to still be competitive, they'll have good speed on both sides of the ball but they'll lack the depth to win the pool.
Little Matt's Pick: West Mesquite
Lewisville Hebron- The Hawks sent a JV squad to Coppell last week and despite taking their lumps against some good teams like Southlake Carroll and Arlington Bowie, the Hawks young players got some great work in. In their final SQT of the year I expect Hebron to play most of their starters in a last chance tuneup.
Sherman- Not much was expected of the Bearcats at SMU two weeks ago as a very young and inexperienced squad missing their best player stunned 5A giants South Garland and Allen en route to the semi-finals before losing to Plano. With Waymon James expected to play this week, expect Sherman to be much more explosive with James in the fold.
Mabank- The Panthers have possibly the top QB in the SQT in Kolton Browning but besides browning Mabank lacks talent at the skill positions to compete at this level of play. I can't see them winning a game in pool play, barring a minor upset.
Mesquite Horn- The Jaguars have a big time playmaker in Tayler Gabriel who can simply be uncoverable at times. Horn has the top athletes in the pool, but they have questions at QB and that will hurt them in the long run in getting past pool play.
Little Matt's Pick: Sherman
Mesquite- The Skeeters made a strong run in last year's State Tournament losing a heartbreaker in the quarter-final round to Arlington Bowie. MHS doesn't have the offensive firepower they had last year but they've got a solid QB in Luke Halpin. The strength for MHS is their stellar group of DB's led by Marcus Trice, Darnell Taylor and Darius Taylor. The Skeeters have the talent to once again qualify and make a run at Texas A&M.
Garland- The Owls as always are super athletic and they'll be an interesting team to watch. GHS has never played SQTs, but can they get the QB play to make an impact?? DB Steven Baker leads the Owls defensive attack.
Red Oak- Another SQT newcomer, Red Oak has only participated in league play in the past but as Coach Shields commented at the DFW Coaches Clinic the Hawks are playing SQTs. ROHS has much better athletes than in years past as evidenced by their run to the Regional Semi-Finals however being the new kid on the block I don't expect Red Oak to make an impact.
Arlington Seguin- The Cougars have as much talent as anyone in the SQT, WR Darian Hogg and RB/LB Michael Martin are major threats on offense but like most teams in this SQT they have questions at QB. On defense keep an eye on DB Joseph Francis who is one of the most underrated playmakers on defense in DFW.
Little Matt's Pick: Mesquite
Little Matt's Picks: North Mesquite over West Mesquite and Mesquite over Sherman
Little Matt's Pick: North Mesquite over Mesquite