Wildcats come up short in bid to claim 7-on-7 state tournament berth

From Staff Reports

June 25, 2007 - TYLER - Sulphur Springs got behind the eight-ball early in the Tyler Qualifying Tournament for 7-on-7 and couldn't recover.

The Wildcats fell behind early in their first pool game to Forney and finished pool play with a 1-2 record. Forney advanced out of Pool D and ended up qualifying for the state tournament as one of the tournament's finalists.

The tournament, held at Lindsay Park in Tyler, qualified the top two teams to the 7-on-7 State Tournament on July 13-14 in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M University. The field will feature 64 5A-4A teams while another state tournament that features small schools (3A-A) is scheduled for a week earlier.

Forney scored on three long passes in the first half against Sulphur Springs and went on to a 32-27 victory. The Wildcats then beat Elysian Fields 24-18 before falling in the final game to Longview Pine Tree 41-22.

South Garland and Forney each won their semifinal games, then settled for a co-championship.

Sulphur Springs will play its final 7-on-7 games this Thursday in the final week of the league it hosts. The games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the SSHS practice fields, but could be moved to the middle school if field maintenance is underway.

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