DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - It's not the fall just yet, but that's not stopping East Texas high schools from playing some football.
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The Diboll Lumberjacks are no different, as they are preparing for the 7-on-7 state tournament this week.
It's a different style of football played exactly the way it sounds. Only 7 players from each team are allowed on the field. It's strictly touch football, no hitting is allowed, and the high school coaches are not allowed to coach the team. They can hire an outside coach to lead them, but most of the time the players are made to work together as a team and lead on their own.
The Diboll football staff is completely new for the fall season, and with that comes lots of changes to their offense they hope to improve with 7-on-7.
“It's hard because I got to remember all the plays. We were working on the plays before this new coach since 7th grade. Then this year we got a new coach so we have to start all over from the beginning,” said Kevin Hurley, a junior quarterback on the team. “I got to tell everybody what to do. I got to know the receivers and the running backs’ job. It's a lot to remember sometimes.”
“This year, they are bringing a new coaching staff. Coach Morrison is bringing a new offense so we're hoping to get that in line and go to the 7-on-7, get it on point, and have good chemistry between us and the quarterbacks,” said Christian Palacio, a senior wide receiver on the team. “We’re going to go up there, try to win us a couple games, and hopefully bring back the championship.”
64 teams from the state qualified for the state tournament. The tournament will start this Thursday in College Station, Texas.
The Lumberjacks are in Pool N and will play Booker, Dallas Episcopal and Fort Bend Christian.