The Wildcats 7 on 7 football team almost qualified for this weekend’s state 7 on 7 tournament at a qualifier last Friday in Rowlett. The Wildcats won their pool before falling in a playoff game by a couple of touchdowns to good Mission Sharyland Pioneer team.
The Wildcats opened pool play with a come from behind win over Tyler Lee. Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Matt Young said the Wildcats fell behind in all three of their pool games. Against Lee, the Wildcats managed to tie the game in regulation and then won in overtime. Coach Young said quarterbacks Ryan Humphries and D’Corian Young both did a good job of leading the team down the field. He praised receivers Bryce McQueen, Jermond Amos and Austin Dodd. Defensively he singled out Sebastian Adams, Conner Burgin and Cor’Tavius Pruitt.
After a break, the Wildcats lost their second pool play game to Denison, 26-20. Again the Wildcats started slowly and this time they could not close the gap. Pruitt had two interceptions and Burgin knocked down some passes. Young said receiving standouts included Brady Crouse and Cason Goodson. The Wildcats again started slowly in their pool play game against Richardson J.J. Pearce. After some jawing between the two teams, the Wildcats began to play harder. Still they trailed late but on the games last play, Pearce was called for pass interference. On the extra play, the Wildcats Dodd caught a touchdown and the Wildcats won a thriller, 34-32. Coach Young praised defenders Kylan Wade, Hunter Smithson and Cason Churchman. When Tyler Lee downed Denison, 18-12, the Wildcats won their pool on points scored.
They advanced against Mission Sharyland Pioneer. Sharyland Pioneer scored a big touchdown right before the half to take a two touchdown lead. The Wildcats could not close the gap this time. Coach Young said Pacen Edwards had a good game on both sides of the ball. He also mentioned defenders D.J. Abron and Rio Becerra.
He said the Wildcats had two good state qualifier tournaments. Coach Young said five or six of the Wildcats seven games played came down to the wire and the Wildcats were able to win four of them. He said he was encouraged with the way they played. The Wildcats 7 on 7 season ended Friday in Rowlett. Overall this season the varsity finished with 9 wins and 5 losses.