For the second time in school history, Anna's Coyotes have made the cut for the state 7-on-7 football tournament, finishing in the top three out of 15 eligible teams at Celina's Division II State Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, June 24. After dropping its opener to Boyd, 15-14, Anna knocked off Godley, 15-14, Bells, 28-14, and Raymondville, 14-12, to advance in the light, steady rain on grass fields at Old Celina Park.
The last time the Coyotes made it to the state 7-on-7 tournament was 2013 when Anna head football coach Jason Heath was in his second year at the helm. The Coyotes' 7-on-7 coach is George White.
The state tournament will be held at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas, June 29-30. Pool play begins Friday at 1 p.m. Anna's pool opponents at state will include Alpine, Fairfield and Pleasanton.
Eighteen teams were at Celina but three — Melissa, Celina and Argyle — had already qualified at earlier SQTs and weren't allowed to advance past pool play. Melissa won its three pool games, defeating New Diana, 28-14, Bullard, 32-7, and Raymondville, 34-7. Paul Anderson is the Cardinals' 7-on-7 coach.
In attendance was Melissa defensive coordinator Travis Roberson.
“It was a great tune-up for the state meet next weekend,” he said. “We were missing a couple of guys today so some others stepped up. It was tough in the rain but we played really well overall.”
The Cards' pool at state will include Stephenville, Navasota and Falls City.
“It'll be a tough pool but that's what we want,” Roberson said.
Texas' 7-on-7 competition is split into two divisions: Division I for Class 5A and 6A schools and TAPPS Div. I; and Division II for Class 4A and below and all other private schools. The competition is governed and administered by the Texas State 7-on-7 Association, a private group not affiliated with the University Interscholastic League or the Texas High School Coaches Association. The Division I tournament is June 30-July 1 at the same venue.