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Frenship
59
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Final 7
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Odessa
7:30 p.m.
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Weatherford
Sat. 3 p.m.

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Canyon Randall
21
Plainview
Final 0
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Sweetwater
7:30 p.m.
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Idalou
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Midland Greenwood
8 p.m.
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Estacado
7:30 p.m.
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Lamesa
7:30 p.m.
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Muleshoe
7:30 p.m.
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Snyder
7:30 p.m.

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Lamesa
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Fort Stockton
4 p.m.
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Pecos
7:30 p.m.
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Snyder
7:30 p.m.
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Slaton
7:30 p.m.
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Post
7:30 p.m.

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New Deal
7:30 p.m.
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Smyer
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Olton
7:30 p.m.
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Tahoka
7:30 p.m.
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Springlake-Earth
7:30 p.m.
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Ralls
7:30 p.m.
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Lubbock Christian
7:30 p.m.
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Bovina
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Jal
7 p.m.
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Calvary Christian
7:30 p.m.

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Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
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Anton
7:30 p.m.
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Santa Anna
5 p.m.
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New Home
7:30 p.m.
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Christ the King
7:30 p.m.
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Knox City
7:30 p.m.
Dawson
Klondike
7:30 p.m.
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O'Donnell
7:30 p.m.
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Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

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Trinity Christian
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Frenship hosting 7-on-7 football

Posted: June 23, 2012 - 12:27am  |  Updated: June 23, 2012 - 12:45am
Byron Parker and the Monterey squad will compete in the West Texas 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament on Saturday at Frenship High School.  Zach Long
Zach Long
Byron Parker and the Monterey squad will compete in the West Texas 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament on Saturday at Frenship High School.
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The University Interscholastic League recently passed a rule banning summer 7-on-7 state qualifying tournaments from being held on college campuses.

That forced Frenship to move its tournament from Texas Tech to its own campus in Wolfforth. But coach Brad Davis doesn’t expect any home-field advantage when the Tigers open pool play at 9 a.m. today at Peoples Bank Stadium.

“We had one here for years and years before moving to Tech,” said Davis, the tournament organizer. “I don’t think it’s an advantage in 7-on-7 regardless of where you’re playing. It’s mostly who you’re playing.”

The top two teams will qualify for the state 7-on-7 tournament July 19-21 in College Station. Last year at Jones AT&T Stadium, Frenship and El Paso Franklin captured semifinal victories to qualify for state but did not play a title game due to excessive heat.

Those two teams, along with 2011 semifinalists Odessa and Odessa Permian, are among the 14 teams that will compete in pool play. Abilene Cooper and Wichita Falls Rider were scheduled to participate this weekend but earned qualifying spots last week in Abilene and will not play.

Davis said Dumas will take Abilene Cooper’s place in Pool A, which includes Frenship, Estacado and El Paso Chapin.

Other local teams playing this weekend include Coronado, Lubbock High, Cooper and Monterey. Six of the nine teams in the new District 2-5A will compete in the tournament.

High school coaches are not permitted to coach summer 7-on-7 teams.

“There are some really good teams coming in,” Davis said. “It’s a good bracket with both Odessa schools coming in, Wichita Falls High, three El Paso Schools (Franklin, El Dorado and Chapin) and Abilene High, which hasn’t qualified yet. San Angelo Central got out of their pool last week in Abilene but got beat in the semifinals.”

Of the 14 teams participating this weekend, 10 made the playoffs during the 2011 season.

Frenship, though, has struggled a bit thanks to a near complete overhaul of skill players from last year’s team. The Tigers’ most experienced returning player to 7-on-7 is receiver Cade Davis, while the rest, including quarterback Trevor Lloyd, are newcomers.

“We didn’t have a lot of experience back in 7-on-7,” Davis said. “We didn’t play very well last week in Abilene but we haven’t been able to do much work. Some of the kids had a baseball deal last weekend in Albuquerque. But this week we will be there in full force and have some workouts this week, so we should be hitting on all cylinders.”

Frenship isn’t the only local school that will have a new quarterback this coming season. Coronado, Lubbock High, Monterey, Estacado and Cooper all graduated senior quarterbacks from 2011.

And being one of only three West Texas state qualifying tournaments, teams have incentive to take advantage. Odessa will hold its state qualifying tournament next weekend, which will ensure six teams entry into the state tournament.

“When you go to Abilene and here and Odessa you play the same teams each week, and it’s good competition,” Davis said. “I feel good about our chances of getting out of pool play.”

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State 7-on-7 Qualifying Tournament

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today

Where: Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

Pools: Pool A, Frenship, El Paso Chapin, Estacado, Dumas; Pool B, San Angelo Central, Coronado, Lubbock High, Odessa; Pool C, Odessa Permian, El Paso El Dorado, Cooper; Pool D, Wichita Falls High, El Paso Franklin, Monterey, Abilene High

Bracket play: Semifinals, 3:45 p.m.; Finals, 5 p.m.

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