Bulletin Staff Report
COLLEGE STATION — The good fortune the Brownwood Lions experienced with tiebreakers this past fall has carried over into the summer.
After dropping their first two pool games at the 10th annual 7-on-7 state championship tournament at Texas A&M University’s Penberthy Field, the Lions rebounded to capture their final final game and forced a three-way tie for second place — which they won.
The Lions — who lost to Wolfforth Frenship, 48-32, and pool champion Plano, 53-39 — knocked off two-time tournament champion Baytown Lee, 41-28.
Plano posted a 3-0 pool record, while the Lions, Frenship and Baytown Lee each went 1-2. Brownwood, however, accumulated 112 points in its pool games to the 102 points of Lee and Frenship’s 95, which allowed the Lions to move on to the championship round of 32.
Brownwood resumes play at 9 a.m. today as they will face Arlington Lamar in the single elimination bracket.
“The day started out rough, but it turned out to be really good,” said Lions 7-on-7 coordinator and offensive coordinator Mitch Moore. “We started out a little rusty and we always seem to do that when we’re down here. But we knew what was on the line in the last game, and we responded.”
In the Lions’ victory over Baytown Lee, quarterback Casey Pachall tossed six touchdown passes, including two each to Garrett Goodwin and Chris Munson.
Goodwin and Munson each hauled in a total of five touchdown receptions in the Lions’ three pool games.
Jarrod Howey and Travis Holleman also caught touchdown passes, and Moore praised Jacob Allen and Hayden Hewitt for several crucial catches they made to keep drives alive.
“We played really well against Baytown Lee,” Moore said. “We were down one at halftime, but we just pulled away from them and finished strong in the second half.”
Moore stated the Lions began to turn the tide in the second half of their 53-39 loss to Plano.
“Plano scored 50 points on everybody in our pool, but we made two big stops in the first half and didn’t get any points out of them,” Moore said. “We stopped them once on the 1 and once on the 9.
“In the second half we played them even, though, and that’s when we started to play better and turn things around.”
Munson hauled in three of Pachall’s half-dozen touchdown completions against Plano, while Allen, Holleman and Howey also caught scoring tosses.
Brownwood started the day with a 48-32 defeat at the hands of Frenship with a performance Moore categorized as “a little bit flat.”
The Lions trailed by seven at halftime and couldn’t make up ground in the second half.
Goodwin finished with three touchdown catches from Pachall, while Howey and Parker Taylor also had scoring grabs.
Though the Lions defense did give up more points than they are accustomed to, Moore was pleased with their effort.
“We gave up some points today, but everybody that’s down here is going to do that,” Moore said.
Moore also singled out Corey Burr and Jordan Longoria for their steady play on defense.