Two Ellis County teams competed in last week’s 7-on-7 football tournament in Arlington. Waxahachie and Midlothian competed in the same pool finishing with identical 1-2 records. The teams failed to advance out of pool play and were not able to qualify for the state 7-on-7 tournament in July.
Bowie High School hosted the state qualifying tournament in which the top three teams earn a berth to compete at the state tournament in College Station.
The host school, Arlington Bowie, qualified for the state tournament along with Coppell and South Garland. Mesquite Horn, who won pool E, didn’t qualify after it lost to South Garland, 38-27, in the quarterfinal round. Bowie won the entire tournament by beating South Garland 32-28 in the championship round.
The Bowie tournament was Waxahachie’s first time playing in a SQT in several years while Midlothian has played in a few SQTs the last couple of years. Waxahachie and Midlothian will begin playing in a Metroplex 7-on-7 league starting next Tuesday. The other teams expected to play in the league are Red Oak, DeSoto, Corsicana, Ennis and Duncanville.
Waxahachie is not entered to participate in another state qualifying tournament but Midlothian is. The Panthers are slated to play in the Hewitt Midway SQT on May 30, Southlake Carroll SQT on June 6 and the Denton SQT on June 12.
Red Oak, which won’t be playing in a SQT this year, is scheduled to play in a district 7-on-7 tournament on June 12 in Mesquite. For more information on 7-on-7 including rules and teams that have qualified, visit www.state7on7.com.
Mesquite Horn 40 Arlington Martin 19
Waxahachie 26 Midlothian 14
Arlington Martin 39 Waxahachie 34
Midlothian 21 Horn 20
Mesquite Horn 41 Waxahachie 31
Midlothian 21 Arlington Martin 28
Overall, Mesquite Horn, 2-1, advanced to quarterfinals but lost to South Garland 38-27. Arlington Martin finished 2-1 and Waxahachie and Midlothian finished 1-2.