Local 7-on-7 squad qualifies for state
From Staff Reports

June 21, 2004 -- LIBERTY HILL - For the third consecutive year, Sulphur Springs qualified for the State 7-on-7 Championship Tournament by winning the Sabine qualifying tourney on Saturday.

The local team, playing in the all-pass, touch tournament beat Troup in the championship game. Both Sulphur Springs and Troup will advance to the state tournament, which is set for July 16-17 at College Station.

Results of the tournament were not available Monday, but will be recapped in tomorrow's edition.

Sulphur Springs has qualified at the Sabine tournament each of the last three years, winning it in 2003 and coming in as the runner-up in 2002.

At the state tournament, the local team will compete with 63 other schools of all sizes which qualified at one of the 32 tournaments held from May 22 until July 10.

The 2003 defending champion is Odessa Permian, which has already qualified to defend its title. The only other qualifying tournament scheduled for East Texas is on June 26 in Tyler, hosted by Robert E. Lee High School. Qualifying from last year's tourney were John Tyler and Rusk.

The first official 7-on-7 football state championship tournament was held in 1998. Playing 7-on-7 was officially approved by the University Interscholastic League in 1995. Former champions have included Southlake Carroll (1998), North Mesquite (1999), Celina (2000), Baytown Lee (2001) and Katy Cinco Ranch (2002).

Seven-on-7 is an all-pass, no tackle game approved by the UIL for high school football players.

Seven-on-7 rules dictate the game is all-pass without any defensive rush. The quarterback has four seconds to get rid of the ball once it is snapped from the center (who is not eligible to catch a pass). Players are declared down when touched below the neck by a defensive player.

The game is played on a 45-yard field with first downs marked every 15 yards.

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