At the Texas State 7 on 7 tournament this weekend, every team thinks they have a shot to go the whole way. Vista Ridge was no different.
The Rangers won the final two games of pool play to finish second in their group and advance to the championship bracket, where they lost to eventual Division I champion A&M Consolidated.
“It’s really just a new bond that we haven’t had as a team,” senior Canon Kromis said. “Being here as a team is really helpful for next season. We’re really getting to know each other a lot better.”
It’s the second year in a row Vista Ridge advanced to the championship brakes at the state tournament. The Rangers qualified for the state tournament at the Lake Travis qualifying tournament in late May.
They dropped their first game of pool play on Friday but rebounded with wins against Eisenhower ad Dickinson to clinch a spot in the championship bracket. A&M Consolidated won 48-20 in the championship bracket on Saturday morning.
All the games at the 7 on 7 tournament are fast-paced and all offensive plays must be passes. Other than a soft helmet, the athletes don’t wear pads and are considered down by touch. There is no blocking and the quarterback has four seconds to throw the ball before being considered down.
“It’s really about putting yourself in the hardest situation possible,” Kromis said. “That gets you ready for actual football. It’s really an offensive game. This is what the offense loves to do, just throw and catch.”
Vista Ridge finished 1-9 overall and 1-7 in District 13-6A last season, missing out on the playoffs for the second year in a row.
But the players from the 7-on-7 squad are using they state appearance as a springboard going into next season.
“We have a lot of confidence,” Kromis said. “Seeing what we can put together on offense and how we can work against the odds on defense, it’s looking great for next season.”