Tidehaven learning on the fly at 7-on-7 tourney


NEEDVILLE – It’s a challenge for a young team to face talented teams in 7-on-7 play, but for Tidehaven, the challenge against bigger schools is much greater.

Tidehaven won one game at the Needville tournament, beating El Campo 32-14. The Tigers lost 39-27 to Sweeny and lost 33-25 to Stafford, as the Spartans scored in the game’s final minute to pull out the win.

Head coach David Lucio is proud of his kids to play against Division II teams, even though the Tigers are classified as a Division III team.

Division II teams are meant for teams in 4A and 3A Division I, but Tidehaven – a 3A Division II school – couldn’t find a Division III tournament to play in. So the Tigers have played bigger schools in 7-on-7 play the last couple of weeks.

“The best thing for us is that we stepped up in competition playing 4A schools,” Lucio said. “It’s good to see some of our younger kids compete against these big athletes and not back down.”

With 18 seniors who have graduated after the Tigers went 11-1 last season, it’s almost imperative that the young players get some extra work in the offseason, and that’s what 7-on-7 is for.

So far after two SQTs, Lucio has been impressed with the younger players working hard in preparation for preseason practice in August.

“Our quarterback, (sophomore) Blake Garcia, seemed to improve, and we had some big catches from (sophomore receiver) Mason Perales and (junior) Jesse Rodriguez,” Lucio said. “We have some kids like Jose Martinez, who is coming out of the eight grade, who played every defensive play, and was one of our best defensive players today.”

Tidehaven played in a tournament in Wascom this weekend, playing in Division III, which is for 3A Division II schools and below. 

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