By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large
BUDA – The summer football season is finished for the outfits from Hays and Lehman High Schools, both of which failed to make the state seven-on-seven tournament in Saturday’s qualifying meet at Bob Shelton Stadium.
Hays came the closer of the two, advancing to the semifinals before losing to the eventual tournament champion, Austin, 44-20. The Rebels then fell to Bowie, 28-6, in the third place game.
Austin went on to defeat Gregory-Portland, 32-26, in the championship game. The top two teams from the 16-team Hays tournament advance to the state tournament, which takes place July 10-12 in College Station. Bowie, the third-place team, will go to College Station if, for some reason, Austin or Gregory-Portland can’t make it.
Hays seven-on-seven coach Trace Shelton, the son of Hays coach Bob Shelton, said the Rebels improved greatly during the summer, despite missing the state tournament for the second straight year. As the coming year’s senior class is heavily into baseball, the Hays team often missed players due to conflicts with baseball tournaments.
Though the seven-on-seven tournament has changed the face of high school football in Texas during the last ten years, drilling skill players in spread offenses to make the passing game more prevalent, the summer game isn’t especially predictive about who will succeed when real football begins in the fall.
“You can get a little bit of a read about how good of a passing team you’ll be,” Trace Shelton said. “But that’s about it.”
Hays swept the three games in its four-team pool with wins of 40-18 over Travis, 27-12 over Weslaco and 25-12 against a new school, San Antonio Johnson.
Lehman won one of three games and didn’t advance through its pool. The Lobos fell 40-12 to Dripping Springs and 38-6 to Austin. The Lobos defeated a junior varsity team from Lake Travis, 40-21.
Lake Travis, the defending champions in Class 4A Division I, declined to send its varsity team to Hays because it already has qualified for the state tournament.Email | Print