7-on-7 wins 2 games at state tournament

Despite going 1-2 in pool play overall and bowing out in the second round of the consolation bracket, last weekend’s State 7-on-7 Tournament was a success for the Frenship Tigers.

Rather, the culmination of the summer was a success, said Frenship 7-on-7 coach Stacy Booher.

“Overall we were pleased,” Booher said. “You never like to lose, but the main reason we do 7-on-7 out at Frenship is to get kids ready for the fall, and we feel like we accomplished everything we set out to do, which is each player got better from the first practice to the last game.”

The Tigers qualified for the College Station tournament for the second consecutive year.

After failing to reach the knockout stage of their first two qualifying tournaments, the Tigers clinched a spot in the East Texas tourney by going 4-0 in Midland at the end of June.

Frenship won its first game of Friday’s event against Stony Point, 35-19, before dropping its final two games to Cinco Ranch (20-12) and Wylie East (39-12).

“We played really well the first game, won that one,” Booher said. “I think the kids and I would give anything to have that second team back; we just flat out laid an egg in that game.”

Frenship was still in position to advance to the championship bracket, but lost to a much better team in the third game, Booher said, with a handful of Big 12 Conference talent.

The Tigers then beat Calallen, 41-32, in the first round of the consolation tournament, but fell to Benton, 45-25, in the second round.

Booher said all of the players improved tremendously, which is good for such a young group.

Trevor Lloyd, the Tigers’ incoming junior quarterback, got valuable experience for the fall, Booher said, although real football is much different.

“I just think he’s grown up a lot, and that’s another reason why we do this,” Said the 13th-year coach. “We have a first-year QB that’s going to be a junior. The summer asks him to take a lot of snaps in a competitive atmosphere before he sees his first real live game atmosphere. The experience it gets him, you can’t trade for.”

All in all, Booher said it was a successful weekend and summer, and he can tell the Tigers are ready for the fall.

“I left College Station feeling good about this group of kids, and they’re going to do well in the fall,” he said. “I think these kids are ready to put the pads on and get after somebody.”

Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament

 Pool play: Frenship 35, Stony Point 19; Cinco Ranch 20, Frenship 12; Wylie East 39, Frenship 12

 Consolation bracket, Round 1: Frenship 41, Calallen 32

 Consolation bracket, Round 2: Benton 45, Frenship 25

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