Glen Rose has qualified for the Texas State 7 on 7 tournament at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, which concludes this weekend.
The Tigers qualified by winning all four of their games at the state qualifying tournament (SQT) held June 22 in Brownwood. They defeated Sonora, Eastland, Dublin and Breckenridge, scoring 50 or more points in the final three games. Glen Rose and McGregor reached the final, but did not play each other by mutual agreement since they had already qualified by finishing in the top two at that SQT.
In the state tournament, Glen Rose will be one of 48 teams competing in Division II, which includes teams from Class 4A schools and some private schools. Area teams that qualified for the Division II field include Stephenville and Brownwood. The Division I tournament, for Class 5A and 6A, will be Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers are scheduled to have pool play games on Thursday (June 28) at 2 p.m. versus Celina, followed by Mexia at 4 p.m. and Worthington at 6 p.m.
The teams that advance out of pool play will compete in bracket play games today (Friday, June 28) to decide the state champion.
Glen Rose concluded its regular league play in Burleson Tuesday night, losing to Class 4A, Division I Stephenville and Class 5A Burleson High School. Granbury, also Class 5A, was the other team in that four-team Tuesday night 7 on 7 league.
Because of UIL rules, the summer league team can’t be coached by their regular school coaches. The Glen Rose 7 on 7 team is managed by volunteers David Halcom and Jerry Gilbreath.
Halcom said Tuesday night that the Tigers will be a young varsity team this fall because of graduation losses, but have shown improvement during 7 on 7.
“Obviously we’re replacing a lot of skill players,” Halcom said. “They’re finally getting comfortable with each other and they’re understanding their positions and their role on the team.
“They’re playing a lot more confident with what’s happening out there. It’s good that they’re getting reps since we don’t have spring football. This is as close as you’re going to get to that.”
Halcom cited senior receivers Jess Niedziela, Teddy Starnes and Harrison Hawkins along with senior running back Weston Halcom as being the top scorers in 7 on 7 league play this summer. Senior Cam Griffin led the squad at quarterback.