Tiger 7-on-7 team qualifies for state tourney
With at least six more opportunities, Rockdale earned a trip to state by finishing second to LaGrange at Rattler Field Saturday.
Navasota, along with Cameron, qualified for state at the first qualifying tournament in Lexington on May 18.
The Tigers defeated Smithville 34-7, College Station 20-6 and Shepard 48-14, with their only loss coming to LaGrange, 40-20.
In the 15-year history of the 7-on-7 competition, Rockdale has made six straight trips to the state tournament (they did not field a team in 2010) and seven overall since 2005.
The 7- on- 7 state tournament consists of 64 teams from throughout the state that can earn a trip to state through 31 qualifying tournaments held at various high school sites in May, June and July.
There are two divisions: I (Class 4A-5A) and II (Class 1A-3A).
The tournament has moved twice since it was forced to leave Texas A&M this year. The Southeastern Conference has a rule where member schools cannot host any high school events.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be played at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, but was then moved to Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander.
There are plans to move the tournament back to College Station on an off-campus site, Veteran’s Park.
Adidas will provide each player with their official 7-on-7 uniform which they will wear while participating in the State Tournament. Players may keep these uniforms.
The 7- on- 7 competition is important to the Tiger team because the Tigers will be breaking in a new quarterback this season in senior Clayton Gibbs, who is taking over for three-year starter Ethan Brinkley.
The Rockdale squad is comprised of Gibbs, Pearce Loth, Darius Ford, Devante Burgess, Ladontice Coats, Hayden Offield, Austin Caffey, Elijah Brooks, Dailynn Ramey, James Castilleja, Drevonne Walton, Billy Harris, Marco Hernandez and Pete Heintze.
The team is coached by Derek Caffey.