The pads are off, but the gridiron action is just getting cranked up with the start of 7-on-7 football this weekend.

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets open the summer season at a state qualifier in Granbury Saturday morning, taking on The Colony at 9:30 a.m. Pool play versus Granbury (10:30) and Richland Hills (11:30) follows.

The winners of each pool will advance to take on the other three winning teams. Sixteen teams will be vying for a berth to the state tournament, to be held July 13-14 in College Station.

The Yellow Jackets made an outstanding run at last year’s state tournament, falling to eventual-champion Colleyville Heritage in the round of 8.