For the second straight year, Waskom High School will be the sight of a State-Qualifying Tournament as several teams will go head-to-head in 7-on-7 action.
The tournament will consist of eight teams, divided into two pools. Pool A will be made up of Waskom, Mount Enterprise, Arp and Carlisle while Pool B will be made up of Daingerfield, New Diana, Elysian Fields and Teneha.
“We’ll just try to build chemistry with the young guys, working on our defensive part,” Waskom athletic director and head football coach Whitney Keeling said. “We really do this more for the defensive part but our kids like to do it and compete. It’s good to keep them active during the summer so that’s why we do it.”
“For us, if you look at what we’ve done the last several years, I think we’re the best team at throwing the football and we haven’t done a lot of 7-on-7 to get there,” Elysian Fields athletic director and head football coach Scott Ford offered. “We’ve just done a lot of teaching and things like that but I thought this summer, with the group that we’ve got and being as inexperienced as they are, they need to be challenged and we’re looking at getting something out of that’s going to help us win football games by going against great athletes who are well coached.”
All games will be played on the stadium field. Pool A will play its games on Field 1, which will be on the south end of the field while Pool B teams will play their games on Field 2 on the north end. Waskom will play its first game against Mount Enterprise at 9 a.m. and will return to action at 11 a.m. against Carlisle and then go up against Arp at 1 p.m. Elysian Fields will take on Tenaha at 10 a.m. and Daingerfield at 11 a.m. before going up against New Diana at 1 p.m.
Both Keeling and Ford say the experience of 7-on-7 will bring good competition that will help their teams succeed in the fall.
“We get to play Tenaha who’s a great program and Daingerfield who’s a great program,” Ford said. “We get to go over to Waskom, our rival. So it’s exciting.”
“Our kids want to qualify and go to College Station to compete in the state tournament,” Keeling added. “I hope they compete well and if we do that, we’ll have a chance.”