Football: District 17-5A has four at state
Of the 25 area teams heading to the 14th annual 7-on-7 Division I State Tournament, two districts — 17-5A and 13-5A - lead the way with four qualifiers apiece.
Cy-Fair, Jersey Village, Cy Falls and Langham Creek will represent 17-5A, while Klein Oak, Klein Forest, Tomball and Klein Collins are going out of 13-5A, and those districts double the closest nearby competitors.
Cy Falls downed Jersey Village in the Cy Creek Texas Bowl State Qualifying Tournament finals as both teams earned state berths on May 28, Cy-Fair qualified at The Woodlands on June 11, and Langham Creek took care of things early on earning the state spot at a Houston Texans SQT on May 22.
"We started spring practice late and didn't even play our spring game until May 25, so the players had only one 7-on-7 practice on that Friday, May 27, and won the Cy Creek Tournament the next day," Cy Falls new head coach Kirk Eaton said. "They played very, very well, and it was kind a surprise, a pleasant surprise.
"Jersey Village played very well in the finals and we were fortunate to beat them."
The 7-on-7 Division I state tournament for 5A and 4A schools is July 15-16 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
"We qualified in our first tournament, and we were not even paying that much attention to 7-on-7 because of spring football," Langham Creek coach Todd Thompson said. "It's not really anything like real football, but 7-on-7 is good for these players, and they enjoy it.
"We're excited about state for them, and very excited about all aspects of our team heading into 2011."
Area districts with two state teams are 19-5A (Katy, Cinco Ranch), 20-5A (Lamar, Chavez), 21-5A (Channelview, West Brook), 17-4A (Stratford, Montgomery) and 24-4A (Friendswood, La Marque), and districts with one each are 12-5A (A&M Consolidated), 14-5A (The Woodlands), 22-5A (Dobie), 23-5A (Elkins), 18-4A (Willis) and 23-4A (Terry).
Manvel, another 24-4A member, earned a state tournament berth on May 22, but it was taken away by the 7-on-7 state board of directors for fighting in the parking lot with Dawson during the Manvel SQT on May 28.
Klein Oak had finished third at the Houston Texas SQT and took Manvel's place at state.
Texas' top district is 4-5A with five 7-on-7 state qualifiers including Arlington, Arlington Bowie, Arlington Lamar, Fort Worth Bowie and North Crowley.
No other district has more than three with Plano, Plano West and Lewisville advancing out of 8-5A; DeSoto, Mesquite and Tyler Lee out of 11-5A; and El Paso schools Coronado, Riverside and Franklin from 1-5A.
Dawson (24-4A) won the Houston Red Bull Game Breakers 7-on-7 qualifying tournament and Westside (20-5A) was second last week at Alief Taylor, and both will play in the Game Breakers national tournament on July 15-16 in Dallas.
It was Dawson's only chance to advance after being disqualified for fighting for the remainder of the state 7-on-7 season.
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