Morning Pool Opponents: Pool A of #tx7on7 vs. Houston Stratford, El Paso Coronado and Arlington Sequin
Notes: Every Summer, new Cavalier faces surface. We saw this with players like WR Tyler Payne ('14) and LB James Bailey ('15) in the past. This year, its names like Bear Christianson ('15), Tanner Bush ('16) and Charlie Villanueva ('14). Using a QB tandem featuring Dominic DeLira ('15) and newcomer Nick Nezami ('15), Lake Travis has looked like the skill player powerhouse they've always been. Having DB Chayce Pannell ('15) on offense helps. RB Shaun Nixon ('14) has been wowing his new Aggie fans, and everyone that sees him. DB Luke Hutton ('14) is getting valuable reps at his new position. Talent runs deep at LT, with DB Chris Roller ('15) Dom Packer ('14), Jason York ('15) and John Brewer ('15), Lastly, it will be i-Reporter Hannah's birthday weekend. A celebration is at hand.
Morning Pool Opponents: Pool M of #tx7on7 vs Abilene, Pearland Dawson and Plano
Notes: Featuring two three-year Varsity receivers has played a role in WW's Summer success. Traditionally a strong skill team, the Warriors look strong again. That's mainly due to the maturity of Josh Bishop ('14). Paired with Travis Dale ('14), Houston-commit QB Bear Fenimore ('14) has two outstanding options. ATH Nick Andress and Travis Wilde have also stepped up their game. The defense is primed for 7 on 7, with DBs Sean Hoeferkamp ('14), Dan Fry ('14) and Michael McCaughey ('14) roaming. LB Marcus Fisher-Jones ('15) is proving his ability to defend the pass. We won't see new Maryland-commit Brendan Moore ('14) running routes, but since the tourney's in Round Rock - he may be there. i-Reporter Mikayla Barker ('14) traditionally covers Cedar Ridge, but will serve at our 16-5A in-district reporter.
Morning Pool Opponents:Pool C of #tx7on7 v. Jersey Village, Mesquite Horn and San Angelo Central
Notes: Some call them a Dallas/Houston school inside an Austin district. But Hendrickson reps Pflugerville/Austin like no other. The names are plentiful here. Samaje, Waz, Martin, Mosley - all four have already committed to Division I schools. The star studded Hawks hope to put on a good showing - but their focus is on their season opener vs. Rouse. QB Xavier Conley ('14) has shown proper progress since last Summer. DB Jordan Washington ('14) and LB Nikko Delacruz ('15) also have Division I aspirations. Under the radar players like Tazh Maloy ('15), Craig Roberts ('14) and Jordan Williams ('15) could come up big. We must mention the progress of WR Reggie Daniels ('15), DB Josh Wydermyer ('15) and ATH Lane Griggs ('14). Along with ATH Jalen Prince ('14) and Isaiah Townes ('16), there's talent from top to bottom. Much like Lake Travis, this is a chance to see the faces of a team with legit 5A State title hopes.
Day One Opponents: Pool E of #tx7on7 vs. Coppel, Brenham and Rosenburg Terry
Notes: This year has been a while in the making. We lightly compare this Elgin team with the Georgetown team from 2012. A gifted group of youngsters (seniors 2013) have finally become seniors. The intresting element to this team are the tandem of brothers. The Simmons (Te'Rel, Datrean) and The Snell Families (Colin, Kyle) anchor this talented skill squad. Last year's 17-4A Newcomer of the Year (Anthony Nash) has looked great on offense and defense during 7 on 7. And we've come to know that Jordan Smith ('15) is fast. Very, very fast. DB Dareyon Baker ('14) helps round out a team that could do damage in the tournament.
Day One Opponents: Pool C of #tx7on7 v. Jersey Village, Mesquite Horn and San Angelo Central
Notes: Clinching their first-ever State 7 on 7 trip came as a surprise to most. But this Hippo team has steadily built chemistry since the middle of last Spring. With Chase Adams going into baseball fulltime, the QB reins were handed to DB Brandon Douglas ('15). Douglas has exceeded expectations thus far. We've known that Darryl Harrison ('14) can ball, but we're just now discovering the talented Davion Davis ('15). The fact that Hutto clinched a state berth without two of its starts (TE Hayden Doggett, RB Malik Spence, both '14) speaks volumes. DB Tyler Matlock, LB Ryan Robison ('14) and ATH Luke Evans ('14) give this team balance on both sides of the ball. Don't be surprised if the Hippos upset some big name teams. i-Reporter Ollie 'Slick Stallion' Andrews returns to cover his former high school.
Day One Opponents:Pool L of #tx7on7 vs. Houston Reagan, Lubbock Monterey and Mesquite Poteet
Notes: What a joy this team has been to watch over the Summer. After forgoing Spring camp, this is the first extended look that we've had of the new Bulldogs. With Olson, Harris and Subia gone - who will step up? Several players answered that question, leading Bowie back to the State 7 on 7 Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Dawgs did it without their all-district QB (Austin Eschenburg), using future stars Preston Wheeler ('15) and Kamalii Akina ('16). WR Mac McGarah ('14) had so many athletic catches, we gave him a few nicknames. Air McGarah. Snag McGarah. Moss McGarah. WR Jake Walton ('14) and Ben Setterquist ('14) add talented depth to the Bowie receiveing corp. RB Cole Myer ('15) and Steve Johnson ('15) are proving they can contribute to the passing game, too. The strength of this team, however, is the defensive backfield. DB Tyler Walker ('14), Joe Lewright ('14) and newbie Pedro Silva ('16) have played outstanding. Toss in DB Pedro Martinez ('14), LB Mark Matinez ('14) and others...the Bulldogs can score in bunches, and defend at will.