SPORTS ADDICT: There’s nothing like high school football…

by dentonramsey

SPORTS ADDICT: There’s nothing like high school football…

By Denton Ramsey, Managing Editor


It might only be mid-July, but we all know what begins shortly.

First, there are the preseason drills and two-a-days, followed by school beginning in late August.

Shortly after that time, the real fun begins as the 2007 pigskin season officially kicks off under Friday night’s lights.

Although I’m a diehard college sports fan and can’t wait until my Baylor Bears begin Big 12 action, there is truly nothing that compares to the enjoyment and excitement of high school football.

Honestly, there’s nothing like it – especially in our Lone Star State.

After making a smooth transition from class 3A to class 2A last season, the Marlin Bulldogs now welcome cross-town rival Mart to their division.

And that should make things interesting as both of these teams won the regular season title in their 2006 districts.

Just this past weekend, the Bulldogs competed in the 10th annual FSN Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship held in College Station.

And the Bulldogs headed south on Hwy. 6 and gave it their all, hanging in almost every game before falling in the single-elimination bracket on Thursday evening.

“We just came up short,” Bulldogs offensive coordinator Kevin Morton said. “But it’s a good start and hopefully we can build on that at the start of this season.”

Although the Bulldogs had a fighting chance in every game, they ended their pool play at 0-3 before falling in the first round of the championship bracket.

Marlin was placed in a pool with Celina, Diboll and Pleasanton as competition began at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs played every hour, on the hour, until a one-hour break prior to a 5 p.m. single-elimination bracket match-up.

Marlin received the bid to College Station based on their performance in the Rice University qualifying tournament held June 9 in Houston, where the Bulldogs went 3-0 prior to taking a loss.

2007 marks the third year the Bulldogs have been invited to compete in the 7-on-7 state tourney, with Marlin also making appearances in 2003 and 2005.

In 2005, Marlin defeated Brenham, 13-6, in round one of the championship bracket before falling to Colleyville Heritage, 24-18, in round two.

In 2003, Marlin lost to Richmond, 28-14, in round one of the consolidation bracket.

Prior to the 2007 tournament, the smaller schools (1A-3A schools) competed against the bigger schools (4A and 5A schools). Beginning this year, the format changed to include both a larger and smaller school tournament.

With the 2007 regular season right around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before we will all be gathering at the football fields for Friday night fever.

Until the first snap, I’ll see y’all around town…


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