Mexia 7-on-7 football team qualifies for state tourney

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Despite not allowing high school football head coaches to coach 7-on-7 teams anymore, the new rule doesn’t prevent them from being proud of their players especially after adding another mark in history.
“These kids just go out and compete and have fun,” said Lamonte Chambers, Mexia High athletic director and head football coach. “I think this is a great opportunity for them and right now, they are taking full advantage of those opportunities.”
That’s exactly what the group of kids from Mexia High School did June 1 as they became the first football team from Mexia to qualify for the 2013 State 7-on-7 Tournament, Division II, to be held July 11-12 at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park in Leander.
Mexia joins 37 other teams that have qualified so far for the tournament, including District 19-3A foe Fairfield. And with 13 more qualifiers coming up, even more teams will be added in DII for the state tournament.
“They’re enjoying it and they’re having a lot of fun,” Chambers said. “But what it boils down to is being competitive. It’s one of those deals where we can’t coach them anymore, but at the same time they’re out there being competitive and that type of work will carry over into the season … that competitive nature.”
For those unfamiliar with the 7-on-7 competition, here is a little background that might be helpful.
According to the official Texas State 7-on-7 Association website, the UIL approved 7-on-7 competition in 1995 and again in 1998 and several Texas high school coaches came together to form a board of directors to help preserve and govern play across the state. The association is strictly a private non-profit organization that is not associated with the UIL or the Texas High School Coaches Association.

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