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Abilene State Qualifying Tournament Pools

Here are the teams, pools, key players, stats and of course my predictions for the Abilene State Qualifying Tournament.

Pool A: Abilene, San Angelo Central, Levelland, Fort Worth Western Hills

The host Abilene will be playing in their first SQT this year and is always a tough out. San Angelo Central, Levelland and Fort Worth Western Hills are all making thier first SQT appearance of the year also.

Mike's Pick: Abilene

Pool B: Abilene Cooper #2, Temple, Stephenville, Snyder

Temple has not played well this year in SQT play but they may bring their star RB Lache Seastrunk this time. He could be the difference maker. Stephenville lost in the semifinals last week at Southlake Carroll to Plano East. They are a good team with a 33-21 win over Temple. 3A Snyder will see their first SQT action in the 4 years we have been covering this event. They always have good athletes and it would be fun to see them in a Division II field. The question I have is...what happens if the Abilene Cooper #2 team wins a state spot? Can they send 2 teams to the state tournament?

Mike's Pick: Stephenville

Pool C: Abilene #2, Odessa, Fort Worth Paschal, Georgetown

Fort Worth Paschal has gone 3-3 this year in SQT play and will do well in this pool. Georgetown is 1-5 this year and is trying to find what they had when they won it all a few years back. Odessa will be playing in their first SQT this year.

Mike's Pick: Fort Worth Paschal

Pool D: Abilene Cooper*, Abilene Wylie, Eastland

Wow, pool D comes down to Class 3A Abilene Wylie vs. Class 2A Eastland. A small school will get a chance in the semifinals to play in the Division I Championships. It would be fun to see Abilene Wylie play in a Division II SQT.

Mike's Pick: Abilene Wylie

Semifinals:

Abilene vs. Stephenville
Fort Worth Paschal vs. Abilene Wylie

Mike's Picks: Stephenville and Fort Worth Paschal

Mike's Championship Pick: Stephenville

By: Michael Wright
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