John Tyler came close to qualifying for the Division I 7-on-7 football state tournament this past weekend, but didn't quite nab a state berth.

The Lions, who lost 26-13 to Longview in a Saturday semifinal at Lindsey Park in Tyler, will try to remedy that Friday in Rowlett in another D-I 7-on-7 state qualifier tournament.

John Tyler joins Alto, which lost 34-20 to White Oak in a Division II state qualifier tournament Saturday in Gilmer, as the only East Texas teams in the 16-team event. If Alto qualifies Friday, the Yellow Jackets will compete in the D-I state tournament July 12-13 in Leander despite being a a Class A school. The D-II state tournament is July 11-12 in Leander.

Each pool winner advances to the semifinals early Friday afternoon. The winner of each semifinal matchup qualifies for the D-I state tournament.

Division I 7-on-7 State Qualifier Tournament

9 a.m. Friday

Rowlett High School

Pool A

  • Rowlett
  • McKinney
  • Mesquite Poteet
  • Lucas Lovejoy


Pool B

  • Rockwall
  • Carrollton Creekview
  • Wylie
  • John Tyler


Pool C

  • Sherman
  • Terrell
  • Dallas Skyline
  • Wylie East


Pool D

  • Coppell
  • Alto
  • North Mesquite
  • Greenville



  • Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner
  • Pool C winner vs. Pool D winner


Final (if they decide to play)

  • A/B winner vs. C/D winner


NOTE: Thanks to for providing pool-play matchups.