Canton- The Eagles have qualified for the past three 7 on 7 State Tournaments, with 2005 and 2006 being years they qualified when there was just one State Tournament. CHS has a pair of excellent WR's in Grant Franklin and Devon Talley. With their recent success in 7 on 7 play, the Eagles are a threat to win the pool and advance.
Marlin- The Bulldogs have improved as the summer has progressed but do they have enough to advance to the State Tournament? QB Charles Hitchens is key for the Bulldogs and if he plays well, MHS has an excellent chance of qualifying with their athleticism on both sides of the ball.
Bullard- The Panthers nearly qualified for state last year out of this SQT, QB Charlie Moore leads BHS on both sides of the ball. Moore has a big arm and is the unquestioned leader of the Panthers. RB DeQuan Granberry has some major speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. If there is a sleeper team in this pool it's Bullard.
Sabine- The Cardinals have solid skill players in WR Taylor Gray, Jacob Kenna but the key for SHS is the play of junior QB Leiquan Byrd. If he plays well Sabine could pull an upset but in the toughest pool of the tournament advancing to the semi-finals might be asking a bit much.
Little Matt's Pick: Canton
Big Matt's Pick: Marlin
Dallas Gateway- Not much is known about Gateway, the Gators have some excellent speed and athleticism led by QB Brandon Williams and WR LaDerrick Long. Gateway is not very deep and on a hot day they will likely wilt in the sun.
Rusk- The Eagles are loaded with big time speed and athletes, Rusk has a deep backfield led by Marcell Johnson and Michael Derrett. RHS doesn't have much in the way of wide receivers and that lack of ability at that position will do the Eagles in.
Crockett- The Bulldogs have the top player in the tournament in RB/LB Tyler Tabor. DB Jagared Davis leads the secondary, but as is the case the QB and WR's will be key. QB Jay Maxwell and WR's Napoleon Dennis and Anthony Davis must play well for CHS to earn their first trip to College Station since 2001.
Troup- Traditionally one of the stronger 7 on 7 teams in East Texas, Troup is seeking their first trip to Texas A&M since 2005. Speedy RB Der'rikk Thompson leads the Tigers on the offensive side of the ball. Troup is very 7 on 7 savvy and that combined with good speed on both sides of the ball they are the favorite to win the pool.
Little Matt's Pick: Troup
Big Matt's Pick: Crockett
Alto- The Yellow Jackets will be looking to make an impact on the 7 on 7 scene after taking a run at the State Tournament last year. The two time defending 1A State Champions feature an array of skill talent led by RB Marcuse Gasaway and WR Brandon Thacker. Despite being a 1A school, Alto's talent fits the 7 on 7 format well as they have amazing depth at WR and DB.
Wills Point- The Tigers despite being a spread team for many years have not been a big player in 7 on 7. WR/DB Steven Cunigan leads the way on both sides of the ball.
Brownsboro- The run oriented Bears will count on QB Zach Bailey to lead BHS to the 7 on 7 State Tournament. Brownsboro has a strong core of running backs led by Cameron Warren and they have good speed. The Bears haven't fared well in league play and I don't expect them to make much impact in this SQT.
Little Matt's Pick: Alto
Big Matt's Pick: Brownsboro
Fairfield- The Eagles played at the Diboll SQT last week but failed to advance past pool play. TE Andre Gilley and RB Dalton Pike are the main cogs for FHS who is seeking their first trip to the State Tournament. Keep an eye on 2010 DB Chris Burns who is a potential major prospect for Fairfield.
Longview Spring Hill- Spring Hill is a solid league play team in East Texas and they have potential to advance out of an abbreviated pool. DB Chad Johnson and RB Jake Fudge are the two main playmakers for the Panthers.
Center- The Roughriders have struggled as of late in the fall, and a lack of depth and speed will likely prevent CHS from having success in 7 on 7 this weekend also.
Little Matt's Pick: Longview Spring Hill
Big Matt's Pick: Longview Spring Hill
Little Matt's Picks: Canton over Troup and Alto over Longview Spring Hill
Big Matt's Picks: Marlin over Crockett and Brownsboro over Longview Spring Hill
Little Matt's Pick: Canton over Alto
Big Matt's Pick: Marlin over Brownsboro