Wylie hoping to use early DI experience ahead of Abilene State 7-on-7 qualifier

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With Abilene High and Cooper both locked in to the June 28-30 State 7-on-7 Tournament, the last team from Abilene looking to join them is the Wylie Bulldogs.

But unlike years past -- 2018 is proving to be a bit more of a learning curve.

This season, the young Bulldogs are having to play up a division -- due to the program now being in class 5A. Having to play Division I of 7-on-7 has definitely been an adjustment they've had to make quickly.

"It was a lot faster, a lot faster pace and a lot better competition -- so we're just trying to get up to that level," said Wylie's Hayden Kiedl. "The first game was a little tough but we got up to that expectation and played our hearts out."

Now, they know what to expect, and will face the likes of Temple, Episcopal School of Dallas, and Permian in pool play on Friday -- needing to win to make the semifinals. The winners of both semifinal games earn trips to state.

For Wylie -- it's an attainable goal now, especially having the fire lit inside to prove the doubters wrong.

"Going up against these bigger teams, a lot of the opinions come out with people saying we can't do it -- but we just take that and use it as our power and go out there and make plays," said Kiedl.

Pool play for all 16 teams in the Abilene SQT begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. with locations at Shotwell, McMurry University, Hardin-Simmons University, and the "The Fieldhouse". The semifinals will take place at Shotwell Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

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