Bulletin Staff Report
COLLEGE STATION — The focus of the Brownwood Lions football program is now solely on the start of two-a-days Aug. 6 following Saturday’s early exit in the championship bracket of the 10th Annual 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament.
The Lions, who got off to a slow start in pool play by dropping their first two games to Plano and Wolfforth Frenship on Friday, had another tough time out of the gate Saturday.
Eventual championship bracket semifinalist Arlington Lamar picked up a 35-22 victory in a game that was shortened to 25 minutes due to a late start caused by thunderstorms around the Texas A&M campus.
“It was a different kind of morning,” said Lions 7-on-7 coordinator and offensive coordinator Mitch Moore. “When we woke up it was raining pretty hard and they delayed the start to about 10:15 a.m.”
The rain wasn’t as much of a hindrance to the Lions as their inability to complete drives. One four occasions, Brownwood drives ended without points.
“We played pretty well, but we were stopped four times and that’s just too many possessions to go without points in 7-on-7,” Moore said. “That was the difference in the game.”
Casey Pachall found three different receivers on his scoring tosses as Chris Munson, Jacob Allen and Shelby Miller pulled in touchdowns. Munson’s TD catch gave him a team-high six in four tournament games.
Defensively, the Lions managed just one stop, that coming on an interception by Jarrod Howey. Howey’s pick was the only one for Brownwood during the tournament.
“Our ultimate goal wasn’t to win this tournament, it was to play hard and let things take care of themselves,” Moore said. “We did that, we acted right, and we’ll use this as a tool for the fall. We had some good things happen this summer.
“We had some good growth out of a lot of guys and they gained a little more experience.”
The next date of importance on the Lions’ calendar comes in less than a month with the start of two-a-days.
“There’s only a few weeks until we start for real,” Moore said. “I know the defense is ready to start hitting instead of avoiding contact. And offensively, our running game with both the running backs and the quarterback is a key for us and we’re ready to put that into the offense.”
Brownwood — ranked No. 7 in Class 4A according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine — will kick off the regular season on Aug. 31 at home against Abilene Wylie.
As for the rest of the 7-on-7 tournament, the Georgetown Eagles — who qualified by placing second at Lake Travis — knocked off Houston Stratford in the championship game, 41-24.
Georgetown won five games Saturday to become the ninth different champion in the tournament’s 10 years.
To reach the championship game, Georgetown defeated Keller Central, 26-19; Cypress Fairbanks, 21-13; Rockwall, 35-32; and Arlington Bowie, 32-31.
In the consolation bracket, San Benito earned a 41-34 win over McAllen Rowe in the final.
San Benito won by forfeit over Wolfforth Frenship, then beat Lufkin, Katy Seven Lakes and Brenham to advance.
The 2007 7-on-7 State Championship Bracket Results
Round of 32
Edcouch Elsa 19, Houston Lamar 13
Arlington Lamar 35, Brownwood 22
Mercedes 33, Katy Cinco Ranch 22
Coppell 34, Richland 26
Houston Stratford 21, Weslaco 14
Langham Creek 25, Lakeview Centennial 19
Abilene 12, Channelview 7
Lewisville Hebron 21, Stephenville 12
Arlington Bowie 19, The Woodlands 7
Plano 24, Beaumont West Brook 19
Katy 20, Port Arthur Memorial 6
Mesquite 32, Klein Forest 25
Rockwall 21, Alvin 20
Lake Travis 8, El Paso Montwood 0
Cypress Fairbanks 26, South Garland 20
Georgetown 26, Keller Central 19
Round of 16
Arlington Lamar 19, Edcouch Elsa 12
Coppell 14, Mercedes 12
Houston Stratford 31, Langham Creek 12
Lewisville Hebron 14, Abilene 6
Arlington Bowie 20, Plano 14
Mesquite 25, Katy 20
Rockwall 28, Lake Travis 26
Georgetown 21, Cypress Fairbanks 13
Arlington Lamar 39, Coppell 7
Houston Stratford 41, Lewisville Hebron 38
Arlington Bowie 28, Mesquite 24
Georgetown 35, Rockwall 32
Houston Stratford 35, Arlington Lamar 31
Georgetown 32, Arlington Bowie 31
Georgetown 41, Houston Stratford 24