LA MARQUE – In Texas, it’s never too early to start getting ready for football season, which was apparent Saturday with La Marque and Texas City hosting area schools in the annual Greater Houston Area Coaches Association’s 7-on-7 tournament Saturday.
“You’re trying to get work done for the fall,” La Marque coach Mike Jackson said. “All of us are in the early phases, but it’s kind of the unofficial kickoff of the football season.”
While Jackson is a seasoned veteran and, as a member of the GHACA board, a founder of the 4-year-old event, Ball High offensive and defensive assistant coach Tristan Sanders was a first-time participant.
Entering his first season with the team after coaching semipro and youth select football teams in Galveston, Saturday’s festivities were a chance for Sanders to get an early glimpse at his new team after coaching many of the players in their younger years.
“They got better as the day went on,” Sanders said. “I’m proud of them, and I was happy to see them out there having fun.”
The two Galveston County schools were among five total host sites for this year’s event. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward scholarship funds.
“The big thing is raising money for the scholarships, and it’s going really well,” Jackson said.
Texas City hosted teams from Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Pasadena Memorial, Pearland and Pearland Dawson. Joining host team La Marque were teams from Ball High, Brazosport, Columbia, Hitchcock, Santa Fe, South Houston and Stafford.
Championship game — Dawson def. Pearland
Third place game — Friendswood def. Clear Creek
Fifth place game — Dickinson def. Texas City
Championship game — Stafford def. La Marque
Third place game — Ball High def. Columbia
Fifth place game — Santa Fe def. Hitchcock