Only two chances remain for the Brownwood Lions to extend their string of consecutive 7-on-7 state tournament appearances to 18, with the first coming Friday at Jim Ned.
The traditional 16-team, four-pool state qualifying tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.
The Lions have been placed in Pool C along with Albany, Snyder and Eastland. The winner of Pool C will face the victor of Pool D — which includes Springtown, Glen Rose, Midland Greenwood and state qualifier Abilene Wylie — in semifinal action, with the winner moving on the 7-on-7 Division II State Tournament in College Station June 29-30.
Brownwood and Eastland met earlier this summer at the Brock qualifier, where the Lions fell by a 37-31 count in five overtimes.
The other two pools feature host Jim Ned, Wink, Ballinger and Breckenridge, with Clyde, Coleman, Dublin and Anson comprising the other. One of those eight teams will be the second state qualifier from the tournament.
Brownwood is coming off a 3-1 performance at the Snyder qualifier this past weekend, sweeping pool play competition before falling to Andrews, 33-18, in the qualifying round. The Lions, who own a 6-4 record in state qualifying tournaments this summer, knocked off Lubbock Trinity Christian (21-6), Coahoma (42-0) and Midland Greenwood (52-13).
At the Snyder tournament, quarterback Tommy Bowden completed 62 of 88 pass attempts — 70 percent — with 13 touchdown passes, while quarterback Clayton Bertrand was 46 of 68 through the air — 68 percent — with seven scoring tosses and an interception.
Hunter Leonard led all Lion receivers with 30 receptions, including four for touchdowns, followed by Nick Salazar with 18 grabs and six scores. Cain Kittrell hauled in 13 grabs with a trip to the end zone; Jordan Ortega and A.J. McCarty both finished with 10 catches and a pair of touchdowns; Braden Jetton finished with nine grabs and two scores; Gavin Jefferson caught eight balls with one touchdown; Tristin Revada pulled down seven receptions; and Ben Kallman added four catches with two trips to the end zone.
Defensively, Jetton, Dylan Hickey and Hayden Donahoo intercepted passes.
The Lions will also host their own state qualifying tournament on June 23.