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6/21/2013 5:52:00 PM
Practicing more than just the x's and o's
Alice 7-on-7 team has strong showing at Friday morning tournament in Calallen
Mark Molina
Sports Editor

In the past three weeks, high school football skill players have been dueling on the 7-on-7 field, and now the time for tournaments has come.
The Alice Coyote team traveled to Calallen Friday morning for the first 7-on-7 seven tournament of the season and placed second in their bracket overall.
With the school year over, the tournament gives teams everywhere a chance to get a look at their respective offenses and defenses.
"We're trying to develop our skills out here," head football coach Chris Soza said.
"We get to practice running our offense and defense, but we also look for some team building and we want them to communicate and play as a team."
On Friday morning Alice came out and took home victories in two of their three bracket games over tough teams.
They defeated 5A Corpus Christi Carroll (20-13) and Port Lavaca-Calhoun (33-27) before falling to Mercedes of the Rio Grande Valley (39-41) in two overtimes for the right to head to the tournament's semifinal round.
Port Lavaca and Mercedes had programs this past season that qualified for the post season.
Ironically enough, the Coyotes eliminated Mercedes during the bi-district round, but Soza embraces the tough task.
"We're playing really good defense right now, but we're still dropping the ball on the offensive side of things, but it's always good to play some good competition," Soza said.
Although Alice didn't advance out of their respective bracket, Soza still saw the entire tournament as a building of character and mindset, as well as an opportunity to improve.
Much of it, however, revolves around having a good time with all of it and being respectful-something the program harps on all year.
"It's all fun and you want to keep everybody healthy, but you want to make sure that they compete. You want to observe while they run the offense and defense because it will help in the long run," Soza said.
"You also want them to respect the officials and make sure they play the game and not worry about the officiating."

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