SPRING – Although inclement weather shortened their time together, members of football teams from Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood and Ball High hit the field in a state qualifier 7-on-7 tournament Saturday at the Klein ISD athletic complex in Spring.
Although a chance at advancing to the statewide 7-on-7 tournament was on the line, Friendswood running backs coach Corey Truman, who was among the spectators in attendance, said the opportunity to keep the players involved in the program during the offseason superseded the results on the field Saturday.
“Keeping them involved is the biggest thing,” Truman said. “We run camps all summer to keep them involved. Conditioning is a big part of it, but really it’s about building team chemistry. This stuff out here is nice. Working on timing is fun, but really it’s about building the team and getting them to trust each other.”
The format of the tournament, which was managed by La Marque head football coach Mike Jackson and his staff, saw teams broken up into four pools of four teams each.
The teams were all scheduled to play each other once, with the best performer of the group advancing to the tournament semifinals.
In each game, teams played two 30-minute halves, with no clock stoppages.
Friendswood began its day with two wins — a 44-26 victory against Baytown Sterling, and a 35-28 win against San Antonio O’Conner.
The Mustangs faced Sugar Land Clements in the final pool play game with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
Friendswood came up short, 21-6, although the teams were forced to play shortened 15-minute halves due to time constraints caused by a roughly three-hour lightning delay.
Clear Creek was defeated by Pearland Dawson in its first game, 33-21, and topped Marble Falls, 49-47, in overtime in its second game.
The Wildcats’ third scheduled opponent, Willis, opted to call it a day during the lightning delay, giving Clear Creek a forfeit win.
However, Pearland Dawson still held the edge in pool play and advanced to the semifinals.
Dickinson dropped its opening game to eventual pool champion Crosby, 34-14, but the Gators ended their day with a win against Bryan, 26-21.
Dickinson’s third scheduled game against Pearland was canceled due to the weather since the outcome would not affect the pool winner.
Ball High played in a separate, non-state qualifier group, and only got in one full game — a 33-6 loss to Klein Collins — before the storm systems rolled over the fields.
Clements edged Dawson, 41-40, in overtime, and Channelview topped Crosby, 19-18, to reach the finals of the tournament.
Due to time constraints and since both finalists qualify for the state tournament, the tournament championship game was canceled.