The Brownwood Lions will take their second shot at advancing to their ninth straight 7-on-7 state championship tournament later today — and this time they’ll be at full strength.
After taking last weekend off, Brownwood will return to action at the 16-team Lake Travis state qualifier at 9 a.m. The tournament is the second of the summer for the Lions, who posted a 2-1 pool play record and had their reign as two-time Round Rock state qualifying tournament champions snapped on May 26. Brownwood was competing without seven members of its team in Round Rock, however, as they were taking part in the Region II-4A semifinal baseball playoff game.
The trip to Lake Travis — which resides in District 25-4A — will be a new one for the Lions as it replaces the Weatherford state qualifier, which was on the schedule the last three summers.
Among the teams in Pool A with the Lions is Class 5A program Round Rock Westwood.
Westwood, which is 5-2 this summer, snapped the Lions’ 30-game win streak in state qualifying tournament action at the Round Rock tournament two weeks ago. The loss was just the third in 48 state qualifying tournament games dating back to the start of the 2004 season for Brownwood.
The Lions — who led Westwood, 14-13, at halftime before falling 27-14 — will likely be anxious to see how they match up against the Warriors with the entire roster intact.
Host Lake Travis is also in Brownwood’s pool, but cannot advance out of pool play. The Cavaliers, who are 8-0 thus far this summer, dethroned the Lions by capturing the Round Rock tournament championship, defeating Brenham in the final.
District 32-4A representative Mission rounds out Pool A as the Eagles are making their 7-on-7 season debut after bowing out in the bi-district round of the Division I playoffs in the fall.
The rest of the field includes Austin High, Brady, Cedar Park Vista Ridge and Dripping Springs in Pool B; A&M Consolidated, Burnet, Manor and Round Rock Stony Point in Pool C; and Austin Bowie, Belton, Georgetown and Rockdale in Pool D.
Among the objectives Brownwood would like to accomplish today is an increase in the number of trips to the end zone. The Lions averaged just 20.7 points per game in Round Rock, down significantly from last year’s 39.6 points per game in state qualifying tournament contests.
Lake Travis 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament Field
Round Rock Westwood
Cedar Park Vista Ridge
Round Rock Stony Point
* qualified for state by winning the Round Rock tournament; unable to advance out of pool play.