TEMPLE (July 11, 2012) -- There aren't too many schools around the state that have been as successful in 7-on-7 as Temple has this summer.
"I think you have to keep 7-on-7 in prospective. What I like about it is we're getting to run around, throw it, catch it, a lot of things about timing. My big deal lately, the last few years, has been about chemistry, and team chemistry, chance to work scenarios, down and distance," said Temple head coach Mike Spradlin. "The intangible stuff in 7-on7 honestly to me is what I enjoy our kids getting out of it."
"We really came together as a team and as a brotherhood. We've really had a lot of fun and a lot of success these last couple tournaments," said Temple quarterback Zach Allen.
Not only have they qualified for the state tournament next week in College Station, the Wildcats are the only school in Central Texas to qualify for the Gambreakers finals in Dallas. A unique 7-on-7 tournament featuring schools from around the country.
"You know, we only get to play Texas teams. So, to really see what's out there, there's a lot of other talent out in other places in America. So, to be able to have a chance to play the elite talent would be a good opportunity," said Temple wide receiver Kaelan Nealy.
"It's kind of a fun format. Defense can score points, it's a little faster game, I actually like a lot of things about it. I think it's kind of neat that we're going somewhere get to see some teams from all over the country and not necessarily just Texas," said Spradlin.
With success this summer, the Wildcats hope it carries over to the fall.
"It's all competition and gives us another chance to compete. Go try to be the best team. That's what we're gonna try and do," said Allen.
"Our guys have come out this summer and played with a passion, and played aggressively and had success," said Spradlin. "And I think anytime we're having success, that's a good thing."