The Wildcats’ Varsity 7 on 7 Football Team just missed qualifying for the state tournament at a state qualifier tournament in Tyler on Saturday, June 15. The Wildcats opened pool play with a 26-24 loss to Marshall.
Wildcats Quarterback Coach Mike Meador said the Wildcats really should have won that game. He said the Wildcats knew that they had to win their last two pool game contests to advance.
The Wildcats defeated Tyler Lee, 32-16. Then, the Wildcats led early against John Tyler, 14-0 until a couple of Wildcats’ passes were tipped, intercepted and returned for TD’s. Still the Wildcats led, 20-19 at the half before the Lions rallied in the second half to win, 32-26. John Tyler advanced and qualified for state with a win over Tyler Chapel Hill.
Coach Meador stressed to the team Monday that they were really, really close to qualifying for the state tournament. He said over the past three weeks, the team has played a whole lot better.
Coach Meador said quarterback Kaden Wallace is making reads so much better and receivers are catching the ball better. He singled out receivers Chase Haney, Zach Tiemeyer, Bryant Sanchez, Bryson Lacy, Landry Meskimen and Kylan Wade. Coach Meador said the team has made vast improvement since they got underway a month or so ago.
Wildcats Defensive Coordinator Alex Guerra said the team’s defense is also getting better in terms of assignments, drops and reads. He said young guys are getting a chance and are showing steady improvement. Coach Guerra said he tells defenders if they get beat, just dare the other team to throw the ball in their direction again. He said safeties are calling the Wildcats’ defenses and they are using the gamut of zone, combos and man on man coverage.
The Wildcats have one final chance to qualify for the state tournament, something a Wildcat 7 on 7 team has not done since 2008. The Wildcats play at Rowlett Friday in a state qualifier tournament.