Buda Hays Consolidated- The Rebels have qualified for the past three State Tournaments, but they are pushing the limit this week. Hays features a strong QB in Trey Berry and a solid group of skill kids but they don't feature any game breakers. However with the weak pool, I look for the Rebels to advance.
Weslaco- The Panthers stunned many observers by qualifying for the State Tournament at the Houston Texans SQT a few weeks back. Without Mishak Rivas, most wrote WHS off but led by QB Dylan DeLeon they rolled to a second place finish and advanced to state. Weslaco is now in the mode of gearing up for a run at the State Tournament.
Austin Travis- Another set of Rebels joins Hays Consolidated in this pool. Travis has not been a big player in the 7 on 7 scene but they have solid athleticism with speedy DB Anthony Brown and RB Larry Johnson. I think Travis will be competitive but without a lot of experience in the SQT format it'll be a lot to ask THS to advance.
San Antonio Johnson- The Jaguars who are making their varsity debut this season will look to try and get some valuable experience as they prepare for the brutal 26-5A schedule. Keep an eye on DB Garrett Cox who leads the Jaguars.
Little Matt's Pick: Buda Hays Consolidated
Big Matt's Pick: Buda Hays Consolidated
Lake Travis- Lake Travis looked solid last week at Brownwood posting a 2-1 record despite still not having their star QB Garrett Gilbert. However, Gilbert is throwing the ball in league play and he is expected to see some time this weekend, as the Cavaliers gear up for the State Tournament.
Austin High- The Maroons are still seeking their first trip to the State Tournament since 2000, and a month ago AHS nearly secured that spot as they advanced to the Round Rock SQT semi-finals before losing a heartbreaker to Lake Travis. On offense Austin is led by WR Emory Blake, but on defense Alston Nuckols and Kris Green are fully capable of making plays on that side of the ball.
Dripping Springs- The Tigers who made a surprising run to the State Tournament in 2005 haven't threatened to make a run since. DSHS is led by a good secondary with Jimmer Mattox and Chris Smith, if QB Jacob Moore gets hot Dripping Springs will be a tough out.
Kyle Lehman- The Lobos are playing in their second SQT of the year and Lehman is looking for a better showing after going 0-3 at Round Rock. LHS is still lacking the athletes and depth to really compete at this level of play.
Little Matt's Pick: Austin High
Big Matt's Pick: Austin High
Alamo Heights- After making four straight State Tournaments from 2002-2006 the Mules missed out on the State Tournament last year. QB Drew Allen leads AHHS on offense and with his talent if he gets it going the Mules can win the entire SQT. However, Allen's skill kids must play better than they did at their own SQT on June 14 to advance.
New Braunfels Canyon- The Cougars are starting to pick up SQT play after only playing in local leagues the past few years. QB Tyler Denson is an excellent athlete who doesn't have a big arm but his accuracy is good. RB Robert Clay and DB Jeremiah Moeller are the top players for the Cougars who are seeking their first trip to the State Tournament.
Austin Westlake- The Chapparrals haven't sent their big guns to any SQTs as for every tournament they've sent a group of younger players. QB Preston Dewey has played well for the most part, but Westlake lacks the depth and the athletes to make a big impact in SQT play.
Gregory-Portland-Only Victoria Memorial has made the State Tournament out of the Coastal Bend, but the Wildcats are seeking to change that. GPHS has some good talent and speed and I expect them to compete. LB LaChristian Thomas is the headliner but QB Sterling Martin and RB Holden Rios are the offensive playmakers for Gregory-Portland.
Little Matt's Pick: Alamo Heights
Big Matt's Pick: Alamo Heights
Round Rock Stony Point- The Tigers despite not having their full compliment of players managed to win the Temple SQT championship two weeks ago and advance to the State Tournament. SPHS did have their man weapon in QB Nyk McKissic who was on fire in leading the Tigers to the State Tournament. DB Julian Dozier is the top defender, keep an eye on Glasco Martin and Desmond Martin who are threats on both sides of the ball.
Austin Akins- The Eagles much like Travis is not a big player in the 7 on 7 scene but they also have some good talent. RB Xaveon Johnson is a flat speedster and look for the Eagles to use a QB rotation with Knockus Sashington and Kenny Davis.
Katy Morton Ranch- The Mavericks failed to advance to the State Tournament last weekend at the Tyler Lee SQT and once again they'll hit the road. QB Joseph Mitchell has good size and a big arm which can be all you need in 7 on 7 play. Morton Ranch is one of the favorites to advance out of a weak pool that includes a qualified team.
Austin Bowie- The Bulldogs have fared well in their two SQTs going 5-2 including a 3-1 mark at Temple on June 14. That mark is even more impressive considering the Bulldogs only had 10 players. Bowie was missing WR Philander Moore at Temple and with Moore back to team with DeAndre Perry, no team in this SQT will have a duo quite like Bowie's and that makes the difference.
Little Matt's Pick: Austin Bowie
Big Matt's Pick: Katy Morton Ranch
Little Matt's Picks: Austin High over Buda Hays Consolidated and Austin Bowie over Alamo Heights
Big Matt's Pick: Austin High over Buda Hays Consolidated and Alamo Heights over Katy Morton Ranch
Little Matt's Pick: Austin High over Austin Bowie
Big Matt's Pick: Alamo Heights over Austin High