State 7v7 match heralds the post-COVID highschool soccer period | KWKT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After a year off, the 7v7 state football tournament has returned to College Station this week.
Lake Belton head coach Brian Cope is one of several coaches who showed up to watch his team despite being unable to train as it was an unauthorized event.
“Man, it was great to be out here in College Station again. To be in the 7-on-7 state, ”said Cope. “The board of directors is doing a phenomenal job at this tournament, and it’s great fun to see teams from all over the state come here and compete against each other.”
The tournament also gives the family and fans a chance to get a first look at their team.
“It’s fun,” said Cope. “It just means that the football season is just around the corner.”
It also gives the coaches a chance to see what their players have learned in the off-season.
For teams like Lake Belton starting their first season with a junior varsity schedule, the extra preparation is critical.
“I think it’s just one more opportunity to throw and catch and get better and do some basic workout on our feet,” said Cope. “It was a really, really good summer for us. Our children got better right from the start and we’re really looking forward to playing our first university season this year. “
The tournament offers a glimpse into Texas high school football in the post-COVID era.
“Well, you don’t have to say, ‘Pull up and unfold your mask.’ So that’s been fun so far, ”said Cope. “It was really good and our kids bought into us as coaches and our coaches did a great job building relationships with our kids.”
The official training begins in the first week of August.