Parity Rules DII 7on7
Updated: July 10, 2016
COLLEGE STATION - Everything is bigger and better in Texas. That is true of the competition at the adidas Texas 7v7 Championship that took place in College Station, Texas this past weekend.
Sixty-four Division II teams (Class 4A and under) from all over the Lone Star state arrived on Thursday to showcase what their teams have in store for the upcoming season.
Day One was pool play. The teams grabbing first and second place are moved into the championship bracket. Teams who fall to third and fourth place make their way to the consolation bracket. In past tournaments, it was standard for most of the four teams in each pool to finish 3-0, 2-1, 2-1 & 0-3 frequently. It was often very clear who were the stronger teams as of the 16 pools as many as 13 or 14 would end this way.
Of the 64 squads this year, only 6 managed a perfect 3-0 record during day one pool play - Sonora, Brock, China Spring, Carthage, McGregor and Kaufman. Surprisingly, some of the anticipated teams that were expected to make the championship brackets, including Navasota and LaMarque, were shut down by the tough competition and found themselves in the consolation bracket.
The consolation bracket although made up of the poorer performing from pool play often has as much excitement as the championship bracket and this year was no different. Tyler Grace Community dominated the field including the consolation championship over Bay City.
The parity continued in the championship bracket as after the second round of play, four out of the six undefeated teams lost their perfect records.
The Championship game saw Kaufman and Somerset battling out for the 32-27 win. A wild back and forth crusade of both offensive and defensive skill captivated the eyes of family, fans and the media. Somerset started with a solid lead, but Kaufman came back with vengeance, walking away with the trophy and title of Division II Champions.
by Karli Burghoff
Lone Star Gridiron