The French soccer players started their summer by qualifying for the State 7v7 tournament at College Station after passing Estacado on May 29.
In the last game of the game, Tigers quarterback Chad Pharies threw a pass to Osemudiamen Olumese from behind in the end zone to secure the 28-26 overtime victory at Chapman Field in Lubbock High.
âIt was definitely an exciting game,â said Ronald Phillips, Frenship 7v7 volunteer coach. âBoth teams are very athletic and both teams played really well. We just had the chance to come out on top. . ”
Since the win, Phillips said the team have been working hard on both sides of the ball and making sure their passing patterns are crisp and precise. They prepared for the start of competition Thursday in the Division I part of the 7v7 state action at Veterans Park and College Station Sports Complex.
âWe expect to see incredible talent at College Station,â Phillips said. âWe’ll see teams with tremendous speed, we’ll see teams that work really well together, and I think we’ll be competitive. I think our boys have worked hard and they’ve put themselves in a position to be successful and we’re all very good. proud of them. “
Since the 7v7 rules don’t allow high school coaches to be on the court, the players had to come together and take the game into their own hands.
Pharies said the players had their fair share of struggles as they didn’t react well to adversity in their first game. With improved communication and a more positive outlook, the Tigers saw the wins start to pile up.
âI just think having to rely on each other to communicate what we think and what we feel has really brought us together as a team,â said Pharies. “We started pointing out areas where we needed to improve, and everyone started talking and collaborating. And that really helped build our chemistry as a team.”
Pharies described himself as a ‘shy guy’ growing up, but he had to adapt as he became a quarterback for the football team. Leading your team to a state tournament is a sign of progress.
âI really tried to work on it and be a leader and not just take action, but being vocal and encouraging,â he said. “I think that’s something I really focused on, and I think I really helped my team by doing this.”
Phillips will be hoping Pharies’ leadership and the team’s drive for success will bring home a championship this weekend.
âI’m really proud of Chad,â Phillips said. âI’ve known him since he was young and to see him mature and become stronger physically and more mentally sharpened, he just became such a great leader on the pitch and such a great teammate and friend to all the players. It was such a joy to watch Chad grow up. “
Frenship will compete in Pool E against College Station, Conroe Grand Oaks and Midlothian. The top two from each pool advance to the championship bracket on Saturday, and the bottom two from each pool will meet in the consolation bracket on Saturday.