Round Rock has never been afraid to show off its offense and this weekend at the Texas State 7-on-7 was the perfect opportunity to let it all hang out.
The Dragons finished in a three-way tie in group play but had to settle for a spot in the consolation bracket. They took advantage, advancing all the way to the finals, where they lost by one point.
“The goal is to beat every team we play against, have fun and bond as a team,” junior quarterback Seth Ford said. “Team bonding and getting ready for those Friday nights in front of the crowd, that’s really what it’s for.”
Round Rock had one of the toughest pools at the event as it was in a group with Cy Falls, DeSoto and Mission.
The Dragons opened with a win over Mission before falling to DeSoto 48-26 in the second game of the tournament. They beat Cy Falls in the final game on Friday evening, but the point differential wasn’t enough to get them into the championship bracket.
But they didn't let that slow them down. Round Rock won its first three games in the consolation bracket by 10 or more points and beat Bridgeland 40-33 in the semifinals before falling to Mesquite Horn 54-53 in the consolation final on Saturday afternoon.
“It was great competition, but that’s what me and my team live for,” Ford said. “We want to play against the best. We’re underrated as a team and we want to play against the best and we showed why we want it.”
Round Rock returned to the playoffs last season after a one-year hiatus. The Dragons had the most potent offense in District 13-6A, averaging nearly 50 points a game during district play.
Ford thinks the strong showing during the 7-on-7 is just a sign of things to come.
“This team is resilient,” he said. “They’ll fight to the death. I can trust them and they can trust me. Next season, we’re going to make some noise.”