COLLEGE STATION — The running idea may be Waxahachie High School's offense may be in trouble sans Trey Jackson, Jalen Reagor and Kenedy Snell.

The first day of Adidas Friday's Division I 7-on-7 state tournament at Veteran's Park and Athletic Complex — one where the Indians scored 152 points in three games — may have proven otherwise.

The unblemished swath Waxahachie cut through College Station, Houston Cy-Fair and Welasco High Schools may also have added ammunition to that theory.

Without the explosive trio of receivers and their sub 4.3 40-meter dash times, the Indians beat theit first two opponents — College Station and Welasco — by a 28-point average margin. Their last victory of the day, a 40-34 finish against Cy-Fair, was the closest of the three to anyone solely judging the scoreboard when the final horn sounded.

Waxahachie beat Welasco 60-19 and College Station 52-13.

The Indians, too, were deadly accurate with Bryse Salik and Mason Brewer at the helm throwing bullet passes to Jeff Alexander, Keyshawn Anderson, Kevin Green, Tevin Wofford or any of the seeming multitude of weapons it had at its disposal.

While Salik finished 86 for 111 (77.5 percent) and threw 19 touchdowns against one interception during the three games, Brewer went 12 of 17 (70 percent) with two touchdowns and an interception in the same span.

Of the 98 passes completed by both quarterbacks, 20 were caught by Alexander, the Indians' leading receiver. Seven of those passes hauled in were good for touchdowns.

Anderson (10 rec, 1 TD). Green (14 rec, 3 TDs), Wofford (19 rec, 1 TD) and senior Jarreth Sterns (14 rec, 4 TDs) provided willing targets for Brewer and Salik. The supporting cast of Tyler Cash, Tanner Gattin, Austin Mick, Will Morgan and Jabo Sargeant peppered opposing defenses with chain-moving catches.

And while it could be easy to place the offense in the onus of attention, the Indians' Caleb High-led defense more than made a case for its own impact by stifling opposing teams with man-to-man coverage to the point quarterbacks didn't have time to release the ball.

And when they did, it was usually disastrous.

Waxahachie forced 10 interceptions in the three contests. Six belonged to Josh and Jarreth Sterns, who returned two — one each — for touchdowns.

Two more belonged to Dylan Moore. Demani Richardson and Taylen Lovings owned the last pair of takeaways.

Perhaps more important than they way they confidently strode into and out of Aggieland on Friday was the ease in which they did it. Their first two games were classified routs by halftime and the last told a story of different classes regardless of point proximity.

Waxahachie, though, will be tested on day No. 2.

The Indians face Arlington Lamar High School in the Division I Championship Bracket at 9 a.m., the winner of the Cedar Park-Plano showdown in round two at 10:15 a.m. If they continue their undefeated march, Waxahachie could face either Bush, Cooper, Houston Lamar or Whitehouse High Schools in round No. 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Returning to Waxahachie with a Division I title in their collective hands would be the first for both the city and Ellis County.


Marcus S. Marion, @MarcusMarionWNI

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