Wildcats hope for state pounce
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Senior Colton Huntsman is in his second season as Cy Woods' starting quarterback, and he's the first signal caller to take the Wildcats to the 7-on-7 State Tournament.
It's a nice reward, and it's an honor that we're the first ones to represent Cy Woods at state," Huntsman said. We lost in the semifinals at a state qualifying tournament last summer, but we went 5-0 this year (on June 19 at the Cy Falls SQT) to make it, and we definitely want to have a good showing."
The Wildcats and 63 other Class 5A and 4A teams compete for top honors at the 13th annual Division I 7-on-7 State Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M University in College Station.
We have a good group of kids and this will be a great experience," Cy Woods coach David Jones said. We try to go to three or four state qualifying tournaments every summer, and the players won the last one we went to this year, and they worked hard to make it happen.
I'm not trying to take anything away from 7-on-7 because it has so many good benefits, but it's really not that big a deal with us. It's just reps, and we do what we do on offense and defense, and we don't change anything. It's no good to go out and do something we won't do in the fall, and the goal is to get better doing our things."
Huntsman (5-10, 170, 4.4) produced nearly 3,000 total offensive yards during an 11-3 finish in 2009. He completed 188 of 326 for 2,874 yards with 14 interceptions and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,032 yards and 19 touchdowns on 200 attempts.
And even though he doesn't get to scramble in 7-on-7, Cy Woods does have a hook-and-ladder play, so Huntsman could get a chance to show off the legs.
As a quarterback, you have to do both, pass and run," he said.
Huntsman plans to keep connecting with seniors receivers Cole DeVilliers, Patrick Grant, Colton Beardmore and Clesmie Burden, juniors Gary Tesch and Jessie Astorga, and sophomore Alfred Pullon at state, and well into the 2010 season.
Senior Weston Card is another potential threat at wide out, but his biggest contributions come at safety, where he helps lead with fellow defensive back Robert Walker.
We moved Card from offense to safety and he's doing a great job," Jones said. He's also a backup quarterback, and he filled in and got a win when Colton missed a game last season."
State will be just another normal day of airing it out for the Wildcats.
Some teams make up plays for 7-on-7, but we don't, and we'll treat it like another practice," he said. But we still want to do well, and hopefully advance a few games into the winners bracket."
Huntsman is also an accomplished hurdler and runs on Cy Woods' sprint relay in the spring.
He's a great athlete and a great kid," Jones said.
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