Coaches pull back, but games go on
What: Terry State Qualifying Tournament
When: Saturday (see times below)
Where: Terry High School in Rosenberg
Times: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A: Fort Bend Austin, Klein Collins, Terry, Texas City
B: Chavez, Cinco Ranch, Hightower, Strake Jesuit
C: Cy Falls, Foster, Katy, Memorial
D: Alief Taylor, Clements, Cy Creek, Westside
In two weeks (June 12): Texas City, The Woodlands and A&M Consolidated host SQTs
By L. SCOTT HAINLINEand JASON McDANIEL
The UIL gently reminded football coaches about off-season involvement rules concerning 7-on-7 and other activities in a recent e-mail, and the always-positive Tim Teykl of Terry thinks it's all good.
The summer 7-on-7 season continues to be tweaked and it continues to evolve, and there's always been and will always be great dialogue with the UIL," the longtime Rangers coach said. The UIL is our governing body in high school sports, and thank goodness we have them, and the bottom line is what's best for the kids, and what can be done to keep things wholesome and good.
It's going to be okay."
Head coaches can't be directly involved with out-of-season things such as 7-on-7, and even though there's been no rule infractions, someone somewhere may have seen the line inching closer and closer.
The way to look at it is to be proactive and not retroactive," Teykl said, and the message to make sure and do the right thing is part of that."
Katy is the Terry SQT defending champion after beating Dulles 35-25 in last year's finals, and according to Teykl, Katy has captured multiple titles at Terry having won at least three in a row.
Katy is in Pool C with Cy Falls, Foster and Memorial, and Dulles isn't participating at Terry this season.
Actually, the Tigers are going for a four-peat next weekend at the Terry 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament, which they've won the past three seasons to punch their ticket to the state tournament.
Last season, they defeated Dulles 35-25 in the Terry title tilt. This year they return with quarterback Brooks Haack, whose mother, Leslie Haack, is the principal for the new George Ranch High School.
They bring their whole army of townsfolk," tournament director Brenda Teykl said. It's really wonderful and fun to see them here. They've won it the last three years in some great, epic battles, so I always have high expectations for Katy."
The host Rangers are in Pool A with Fort Bend Austin, Klein Collins and Texas City, Pool B has Chavez, Cinco Ranch, Hightower and Strake Jesuit, and Pool D is made up of Alief Taylor, Clements, Cy Creek and Westside.
The Rangers were the only team to beat one of the four teams that emerged from pool play last season.
They defeated Dulles 26-20 but didn't advance to bracket play.
The tournament has at least two teams that have already qualified for the 7-on-7 Class 4A-5A State Tournament on July 9-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Chavez and Klein Collins earned state berths with second places at the season-opening Houston Texans SQTs hosted by Chavez on May 22-23.
Chevez fell to Lamar 25-21 in the May 22 finals, and Klein Collins lost to San Antonio Alamo Heights 25-15 the next day's championship.
The top two finishers in every SQT advance to state.
In two weeks at the Texas City SQT, Pearland and Dawson try to repeat as finalists (the Oilers beat the Eagles 38-33 last year).
The Woodlands and A&M Consolidated also host SQTs on June 12.
We're extremely excited," Brenda Teykl said. It's a well-rounded tournament and there's no question it's one of the best-run events in the state. It strictly mirrors the state tournament, its protocol, the structure.
We're proud that we have to turn folks away. We have almost a dozen teams paid to play in it that are on a waiting list, and we also have to turn away from officials."
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