Bulldog 7-on-7 team heading for state meet

The seven-on-seven football program came out of the University Interscholastic League several years ago to give high schools in Texas the chance to work on their passing and defense of the pass. It’s essentially touch football with seven players on each team. The offensive team has a center, a quarterback and five receivers. The defensive unit consists of seven defenders. The playing field is 50 yards long, and the offensive team has two plays to make a first down. The first distance is 20 yards, the second is 15 yards and the third is the goal line. The Brady Bulldogs have been fairly successful in past years, but this one has blossomed into a virtually great summer season. “The coaches cannot coach the players so we have three volunteers from the town who have spent their time and money since the last of school to ‘coach’ this team of 25 Brady players,” head football coach and athletic director Jay Jones said Wednesday. In listing the teams the Brady boys have defeated so far, they include Taylor (4A), Pflugerville Connally (4A), Stephen F. Austin (5A), Round Rock (5A), Breckenridge (3A) twice, Clyde (3A), Big Spring (4A), and Llano (3A). Losses have been to Austin Bowie (5A) and Snyder (4A). “We are a member of the 16-team Abilene League,” Jones said. “And we’ve played in a number of seven-on-seven tournaments.” The Doggies’ freshman team is a member of the five-team Llano League. The Bulldogs have qualified for the seven-on-seven State Meet which is scheduled for July 22-23 at Texas A&M University in College Station. “There will be 64 teams there. Each team will be seeded on Friday with competition beginning on Saturday early in the morning. It will conclude late Sunday,” Jones said. Brady is one of only two 3A teams to qualify, according to Jones. The three volunteers, who received the Bulldogs’ playbook from Jones last May are James Petty, Andy McBee and Curtis Owens. “We taught these three men what we wanted them to teach the kids. I want to personally thank them for their time and dedication. They don’t realize how much they have helped our team for the upcoming season,” the Brady coach said. A great number of parents and friends have joined the Brady coaching staff in the stands at the tournaments, bringing bananas and containers of water in helping support the squad. Another reason for the success of the Brady seven-on-seven team is that senior Rhett Behrens, the team’s quarterback, is doing a good job in reading the defense, calling pass routes and plays, Jones said. The coach said that 15 rooms had been reserved at the Hilton Hotel in College Station for the Brady fans.

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