Brownwood will once again be the site for one of the final SQTs of the year. Pool Play will take place starting at 9am at Brownwood High School, and the semi-finals and finals will take place at Gordon Wood Stadium. Two slots in the 7 on 7 State Tournament at Texas A&M July 11-12 are on the line.
Abilene Cooper- The Cougars qualified for their first 7 on 7 State Tournament since 2004 with a runner-up finish at Abilene last week. The Cougars are loaded with defensive talent led by Oklahoma commit Will Ford, but Stephun Hazlett and Demetric Lee are also playmakers for the Cougs.
Bangs- The Dragons are making their SQT debut this season, however in a pool with two big 4A schools and a 5A BHS will simply be outmatched. RB/DB Bradley Lee is the player to watch for Bangs.
Wichita Falls- The Coyotes have played solid in the past two SQTs but they've fallen one game short of advancing to the semi-finals in back to back weeks. QB Ben Henderson and WR Antwone Moore are a tough combo to defend but the complimentary guys must play well if the Coyotes want to advance out of a tough pool.
Copperas Cove- The Bulldawgs started out strong last week at Temple but faded late losing their final two games including a one point heartbreaker to Round Rock McNeil. Cove has some major talent with WR Josh Boyce, LB Tanner Brock and DB Chris Miller, but they must get consistent play from their QB to advance. However, I think Cove's athletes are enough to get them out of pool play.
Little Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove
Big Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove
Brownwood- The Lions are the answer to a 7 on 7 trivia question as being the first team to qualify for both the big and small school State Tournaments. Brownwood will play at the Small School State Tournament in July. QB Casey Pachall and DB/WR Kenny Vaccaro are the headliners but BHS has a strong group of role players who make a difference.
Georgetown- We haven't seen the Eagles since June 7 at Lake Travis, this will be the defending 7 on 7 State Champions final tuneup before the State Tournament. DB Jason Stone leads Georgetown on defense while on offense watch out for WR Adriane Rocha.
San Antonio Clark- The Cougars stunned most observers by not only advancing to their second straight State Tournament last year, but they did it by upsetting Robert Griffin and Copperas Cove. Clark has solid talent across the board but can they pull another upset in the semi-finals??
Eastland- The Mavericks are playing in their third SQT of the year and they haven't had much success. Playing in this tough pool, the Mavericks likely won't be able to come away with a single win.
Little Matt's Pick: San Antonio Clark
Big Matt's Pick: San Antonio Clark
Lake Travis- Look for the Cavaliers to continue to work Garrett Gilbert into the mix as his health continues to improve. Lake Travis with all their guns available is one of the top 7 on 7 teams in the state. Is it coincidence that Lake Travis and Stephenville are in the same pool?
Stephenville- While most teams who have already qualified don't bring a full squad to the table, Stephenville when they come to Brownwood usually has all of their big guns on hand. RB Brad Mills and WR Josh Graves pace the always high powered SHS offense.
Early- The Longhorns are another small school playing in a pool of giants. Barring a huge upset over Temple, Early will likely play their three games and head back across Pecan Bayou, which by the way is the westernmost bayou in the country.
Temple- There isn't a more athletic team in this SQT than Temple. Headlining the Wildcats offense is RB Lache Seastrunk and WR Tevin Reese who at times is a one man wrecking crew. However, THS must get more consistent play at the QB position and get better efforts on defense if they want to qualify. Winning the pool won't be much of an issue for Temple but the challenge may come in the semi-finals.
Little Matt's Pick: Temple
Big Matt's Pick: Temple
Abilene- The Warbirds as they are known as, once again qualified for the State Tournament last week. Abilene has made all but one State Tournament only missing out in 2003. QB Stephen Warren leads the offensive attack, but the status of superstar LB Chris Williams is in doubt this summer as he has missed time with an injury.
Brady- Tiny Brady did the unthinkable two weeks ago at Lake Travis by qualifying for the 5A-4A State Tournament. RB Prennis Williams may only be a Class 2A player but he's worth the price of admission.
Midlothian- The Panthers are going to take another crack at the State Tournament this week. They have played better the past two weeks but can QB Bryce Petty and the offense put things together? DB Dante Floyd leads the Panthers defense.
Fredericksburg- The Class 3A Battlin' Billies are a late addition to the SQT as they failed to qualify last week at the Wimberley Class 3A-Under SQT.
Little Matt's Pick: Midlothian
Big Matt's Pick: Midlothian
Little Matt's Picks: Copperas Cove over Midlothian and Temple over San Antonio Clark
Big Matt's Picks: Copperas Cove over Midlothian and Temple over San Antonio Clark
Little Matt's Pick: Copperas Cove over Temple
Big Matt's Pick: Temple over Copperas Cove