Buda Hays Consolidated will be one of the sixteen schools participating in the Lake Travis 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament (SQT) this Saturday, June 7th. The two top teams in the tournament will earn a spot in the Fox Sports Net 7-on-7 State Championship that will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station on July 10th – 12th.
There are thirty-two State Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the state from May 17th – June 28th. The winners and runner-ups (64 total teams) of each tournament advance to the state championship. This competition was once only used by schools as a passing drill but has now grown into an event that last for 3 days with the championship game being played on Kyle Field. Most schools not only play in a SQT but they also usually participate in weekly competitions with other local schools. The Rebels from Hays Consolidated qualified for the state tournament in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Each SQT is set up with four pools (A, B, C & D) containing four teams. Each team will play the other three teams in their pool so everyone is guaranteed at least three games. After those three games, the winners of each pool will advance to the Semi-Finals. The winner of Pool A will play the winner of Pool B in one Semi-Final game and the winner of Pool C will play the winner of Pool D in the other. The winners of those two Semi-Final games are the teams that get a ticket to the state tournament. The winners then will play a championship game while the other two teams play in a consolation game. The players are all then awarded medals.
In the Lake Travis SQT, Hays Consolidated will be in Pool A with the host Lake Travis, Belton and Round Rock Stony Point. Lake Travis will not be allowed to advance to the Semi-Finals because they have already qualified for the state tournament when they won the Round Rock tournament on May 24th. Lake Travis has one of the states best QB’s in Garrett Gilbert but he may not play due to a shoulder injury. He did not play at Round Rock either and they still managed a 4-1 record there. Belton has gone 0-3 in their SQT games this season and should not be a threat to win the pool. The Hays Consolidated Rebels’ main competition should come from Round Rock Stony Point, who will show up with lots of talented players.
Pool B will have Georgetown, Copperas Cove, Brady and Austin Westlake. Georgetown is the defending 7-on-7 State Champion. They were the runner up team at the Waco Midway SQT so they will not be able to advance to the Semi Finals. Copperas Cove is the favorite in the pool. They lost 32-27 to Georgetown at the Waco Midway SQT. Brady is a 3A school and just does not have the depth to compete. Austin Westlake is talented but went 0-3 in tournament play last week. If the Rebels are able to win pool A then the favorite of pool B, Copperas Cove will be a very tough opponent. Cove has only missed the state tournament one year in the state tournaments ten year history.
Pool C will include Round Rock Westwood, Lampasas, Brownwood and Austin Bowie. Westwood has already qualified being the runner up at Round Rock. Lampasas and 3A Brownwood will both field good teams, but Austin Bowie may have the most talent in the pool. Pool D will consist of Pflugerville Connally, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Round Rock and Dripping Springs. Connally looks to have some excellent talent, while Vista Ridge and Round Rock are both tough teams that have been playing well this year. Dripping Springs will have a tough time winning against the other three teams.
These tournaments are not only fun to watch, but have been key in transforming Texas into one of the most prolific states when it comes to producing top quality quarterbacks. At each one, you get to see some of the state’s best players in action before the regular season starts.
Hays Consolidated will host their own SQT on June 28th. That will be the last weekend for a SQT with teams trying to qualify for those last few remaining spots in the state tournament.
By MICHAEL WRIGHT
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