The Dumas varsity 7-on-7 football team has reached a history-making moment. According to information provided by Danielle Turner, the team has recently qualified for state competition for the first time in 23 years.

The team plays during May and June. They played three state qualifying tournaments this season in Graham, Lubbock and Jim Ned, near Abilene.

The team qualified for state at the Jim Ned tournament on June 14 by defeating Bridgeport 33-32 in the semi-final game, the information stated. They will be traveling to College Station on June 26 for state tournament play. There will be three games of pool play on Thursday, June 27, and then single elimination play on Friday, June 28.

Dumas coaches have said Dumas has been competing for 23 years and this is the first team ever to qualify for state. Additionally, Dumas is the only Division II team from the Texas Panhandle to qualify for state this year.

7-on-7 football is a student-led athletic organization. The DISD coaches have very limited coaching opportunities and little funding. The team has worked hard to accomplish state qualification.

For those who would like to assist the team in raising funds as they travel to College Station, there is an online fundraising effort underway until Tuesday, June 25. Please visit www.buynowcc.com/donate for online donations.

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