Brook Hill football battles tough competition at TAPPS State 7-on-7 tournament

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The Brook Hill Guard football program did not take a break during the months of summer vacation. Instead, several athletes took on the task of competing at the TAPPS State 7-on-7 Football Tournament, held Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth.

“It was really great for our football program to be able to compete in the State tournament,” said Scott Ryle, returning for his second year as Guard football head coach. “We were able to have success playing at Bullard all summer. In Fort Worth, we were able to play against some teams with tremendous talent at at a higher level, which will make us better as we prepare for this upcoming season.”

The Guard football team was well represented in the Lineman Challenge skills competition, with a total of 14 other TAPPS teams competing in the event.

According to Ryle, his linemen were faced with the task of battling against the rest of the field in a gambit of competitions such as tire-flipping, bench press, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, among other events.

Thanks to their strength and physical toughness, the Guard linemen were able to hold back several teams, claiming a third place finish in the Lineman Challenge contest.

Participating in the TAPPS State 7-on-7 Lineman Challenge were Brook Hill linemen Jake Ballenger, Josh Blalock, Andrew Brooks, Carson Ezell, Campbell Fletcher, Graham Galbraith, Ian Hathaway, and Colby White.

Likewise, the Brook Hill 7-on-7 football team was able to make some noise on the field, achieving a 4-3 record in pool play in the tournament’s first day of play, including victories over Arlington Grace Prep (26-19), El Paso Cathedral (18-13), Tyler Grace Community (22-20), and Marble Falls Faith (31-0), while suffering defeats against Houston St. Pius X (23-6), Houston Westbury Christian (20-13) and Plano John Paul II (12-6).

With the 4-3 pool play record, the Guard advanced into the tournament’s consolidation bracket, where they were narrowly defeated in the first round by Pasadena First Baptist, 15-8.

Members of the Guard football team taking part in the TAPPS State 7-on-7 Football Tournament included Garrett Brown, Connor Carson, Colby Davis, Garrett Davis, Carson Ezell, Campbell Fletcher, Ian Hathaway, Jeremiah McGowen, Seth Moss, Grayson Priestner, Carson Richards, Mac Rose, Hood Taylor, and Colby White.

“I believe that 7-on-7 allowed us to focus on running our stuff as a program,” said Ryle. “Our success at the tournament shows that our players are confident in our concepts and our plays. We’re far along the path than we were last year. We just have to stay healthy and get better each and every day.”

The Brook Hill Guard varsity football team started training for the upcoming season with two-a-day practices beginning with a midnight practice Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The team’s fist contest of the 2017 season will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Tyler Ford/Brook Hill American Warrior Bowl Game against the Royal Imperial Collegiate School of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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