This year, the Warriors got even further, showing signs of what the team could expect in the coming months.
The No. 2 seed entering bracket play of this year’s tournament, North Cobb reached the semifinals Friday before losing its next two games and finishing among the top six.
After going 7-0 in pool play Thursday, the Warriors beat Seneca Valley (Pa.) 25-13, Alpharetta 25-22 and Montini Catholic (Ill.) 21-11 to reach the semifinals. They then dropped a 31-19 decision to third-seeded Byrnes (S.C.) before going home with a
24-21 loss to No. 12 Oxford (Miss.) in the losers’ bracket.
Despite falling shy of a championship, North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen was pleased with the way the team performed.
“This was the best we’ve done, so far, here,” said the rising junior, a recent Auburn commitment. “Last year, I believe we made it to the elite eight, and to be able to get to the top six teams and compete against some of the best teams in the nation with so many great athletes is a blessing. We came here to compete, and we did that to the best of our ability, and we were able to get to the top six.
“Towards the end of the (Oxford) game, we ran a play to possibly go up or tie the game. We caught a touchdown pass, but the 4-second rule had us clocked at 4.01, and the play didn’t count. Those games can come down to the wire, but it’s not just that one play that caused us to lose. It was a multitude of things. This just goes to show that every play and every second is important.”
It was a long two days for North Cobb.
“We started running out of gas towards the end because we had been playing so many games,” Queen said. “But I’m just proud of the way our team fought and the heart we displayed out on the field was just great.
“It just goes to show that, even though this isn’t complete tackle football with a running game and linemen, we can still compete with some of the best teams around.”
North Cobb coach Shane Queen also felt like the experience made the team better.
“We went 10-2, so it was a good tournament,” he said. “We overcame a lot of adversity. We were down a few games and we fought back and got into games. That’s why we do these things. We got better on some timing routes with our receivers and quarterback. The guys had to play 12 games in two days, so obviously perseverance and fighting through the heat and things, I was proud of the way our kids fought.
Ultimately, the elder Queen hopes that what the Warriors learned will assist them in the fall.
“These guys have been around this all summer,” he said. “We’ve been on several 7-on-7 trips, and I expect these guys to be leaders on our football team. It starts Monday morning at 7:45 a.m. and I expect these guys to take what success they’ve had over the summer and carry that over into the fall season.”
Lassiter went 5-2 in pool play before losing consecutive bracket-play games to Fulton (Tenn.) and Valdosta.
Kenton (Ohio) beat Byrnes for the championship.