Saturday will be the last shot for several area teams to earn spots in next month’s state 7-on-7 football tournament.
Two spots will be up for grabs at this weekend’s qualifier in Boyd. Pool games start at 9 a.m. with teams playing in four pools. The winner of each group will advance to the semifinals.
Boyd Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins said the interest in this year’s tournament was overwhelming. More than 30 teams wanted in, but Boyd only had room for 16.
“7-on-7 is bigger than in years past,” Hopkins said. “In years past we haven’t had enough teams, and this year we have teams waiting to get in.”
This is the third year Boyd has hosted a state qualifier. Games Saturday will be played at Yellowjacket Stadium and the old game field. With the facilities now in place at Boyd, Hopkins says they plan on continuing to host the qualifier.
“It’s here to stay,” Hopkins said. “The interest gets bigger every year. What we do in 7-on-7 is what we do during the regular season. That is a lot of extra reps.”
Boyd will join Alvord, Paradise and Decatur as the Wise County schools participating this weekend. The Yellowjackets have already qualified for the state tournament after their performance at the qualifier in Wichita Falls earlier this month.
It’s the fourth consecutive year Boyd has made it to state, which will be played this year on July 11-12 at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander.
Princeton, Krum, All Saints, Whitesboro, Argyle, Red Oak Life, Palmer, Ponder, Dallas First Baptist, Iowa Park, Bowie and Aubrey will also be in Boyd Saturday.
Two pools, including Boyd and Alvord, will play at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The other two pools, including Decatur and Paradise, will play at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
The winner of each pool will advance with the semifinals beginning at 3:30 p.m.