Monday, June 26, 2017


After several months of practices and competing in 6 state qualifying events the 15-4 Vikings are now preparing for our road trip to College Station. This is the 20th year of the Texas State 7 on 7 Championship and as everyone knows this is our 20th straight appearance.

What is not as well known is our record in advancing from 4-team pool play on Friday to the Championship Bracket (round of 32) on Saturday over that period of time. Only 3 times in 19 years have the Vikes failed to advance to the championship bracket. That means we either finished 1st or 2nd in pool play 16/19 seasons! All of the teams that make it to College Station are talented so this record of advancing 84% of the time truly shows Viking excellence over time.

We have our work cut out for us in our Pool "draw" this year. As we always preach to the kids though, it is mostly about how we perform. If we play as we are capable of there is no reason this group cannot make it 17/20. It is a tough 3 game stretch in the peak heat of the day on Friday every year. We believe that our preparation (19 games in the regular season) and our practice preparation this week will give us a chance to compete at our best. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017


On a very hot/muggy Friday the Vikes went to Rowlett HS and took care of business winning all three pool games. Several items of note from yesterday:

  • Continued to play aggressive on defense. Had several interceptions including another pick 6 by Deshawn Gaddie. I don't know what our season record for pick 6's is by I am pretty certain DG owns it by now. We got our hands on a lot of other balls that we need to reel in next week at State.
  • Spread the ball around nicely on offense today. We have a deep receiver corps and it puts stress on other teams to figure us out as we can throw it to anyone at any time.
  • Had a tremendous come from behind OT win over a very athletic Mesquite North team. We showed great poise as we were behind the whole game and we made the plays that had to be made to win.

We had a great "moment" today bonding with a team from deep south Texas. Rather than repeating the story here please go to our lamar Vikings 7on7 FB page; its worth the read...

For the regular season we went 15-4. No team played in more SQT games this year as we played in the maximum number allowed. This amount of competition will hopefully serve us well next week. We will have our state pool games announced Sunday evening and I will post them here. Attached is a picture with most of our senior players after the tournament (two others were taking care of summer school and so we will need to shoot another picture with them too). Great job guys!

Monday, June 19, 2017


Last Saturday the Vikes went back to Pennington Field in Bedford for the 2nd time this season and for the second time went 2-1 in pool play. As part of our preparations for State we continued to use all 20 players including rotating our QB's so as to get playing time for everyone and a look at different combinations of players on offense and defense.

This continues to be a "ball hawking" group on Defense. While we had a number of actual interceptions, we can very close to DOUBLING that number with other balls we should have caught. In game #1 against Rockwall Heath we had two int's, one by Califah Garr and a "pick six" by Jaylen Nobles. In Game # 2 James Douglas, Jaylen Nobles, Joe Vaughn and Jack Dawson each had a pick. Four interceptions in a game is outstanding and we averaged two per game.

Offensively we struggled at times and at other times played well. The energy by our receivers was good in all three games. We forced too many throws into coverage and will have to eliminate our own interceptions before the state tournament. Our percentage of extra points completed is still not where it needs to be.

We averaged 29 points per game on offense which is about 14 points below where we need to be. Defensively we allowed just 53 points in total or 18 points per game. We need to hold teams below 28 ppg to be successful at the State Tournament. Our record for the season is 12-4.

We play on FRIDAY this week at the Rowlett SQT. We will continue to rotate players through Friday. We will practice twice next week prior to departing for College Station. These will be two important practices as we finalize our preparations for State.

Monday, June 12, 2017



Game 1:  Lamar 28    Lake Dallas 35
Game 2:  Lamar 45    Joshua 12
Game 3:  Lamar 48    Brewer 47 (OT)

Viking Season:  10-3

On a windy day at Eaton HS the Vikes got some good work in and we coaches learned some things particuarly about some of our younger players. Once a team is qualified for the State Tournament (which we did at the 2nd SQT) there is a natural tendency to "left off the gas". The 7 on 7 coaches work very hard to make the players understand that as a team we are paying $300 per tournament to get real games against other teams with refs and travel for a reason. That reason is to get better and hopefully peak right around the end of June for the State Tournament (6/30-7/1).

These extra tournaments post qualifying give us a chance to look at different players in different combinations so we can find the right mix for the state tournament. After Saturday, in consultation with Coach DeLay and his staff, we have selected the final 20 team members for State (subject of course to injury or other factors). The hard part for us as coaches is that every year getting to 20 (state rule) means we must leave 1-4 players off that roster that have contributed and are capable of playing at the varsity level. We will encourage those players to keep coming to practice AND to try to help the Viking JV team get qualified for the "Prime Time" state tournament. We will now take those 20 players to the final two SQT's so we get used to playing as units and playing fast. Our next tournament is in HEB this Saturday (6/17) and I will post on the web site front page under the PDF tab the specifics as soon as it is released.

Kids are working hard and we are getting better. The next two weeks are key to our growth as a team. NEED EVERYONE AT PRACTICE THE NEXT TWO TUESDAYS AT 6:30 PM AT CRAVENS. TEAM PICTURE IS THIS TUESDAY AT 6:30 PM.

Jim Poynter

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Last Saturday (6/3) we participated in our 3rd State Qualifying Tournament of the Season. It was a rainy, cool morning and we were thankful to be on field turf at Pennington Field instead of real grass (mud).

Our objective going into this tournament was to get a good look under game conditions at some of our younger players on both sides of the ball. Although the Vikes want to win every time we compete, getting reps for these players trumped final score. Having said that we finished 2-1 which runs our season record to 8-2.

In our upcoming 4/6 SQT's this Saturday (6/10) we begin to focus on the 20 players we believe to be likely to make our State roster. Believe it or not, we have just FIVE PRACTICES remaining until we travel to College Station. So these 3 SQT's and 5 practices will determine in large part how successful we will be this season. We will begin to set lineups and play with more speed and recognition as we grow accustomed to playing together. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THE PLAYERS GET TO EVERY PRACTICE THE REST OF THE WAY. The practice/tournament schedule is attached as a PDF to the web site.

 VFND AND "20/20",

Coach Poynter