Bulletin Staff Report
LAKE TRAVIS — The Brownwood Lions qualified for the traditional big schools’ 7-on-7 state tournament in convincing fashion Saturday, going undefeated in five games to secure the bid.
The Lions won two games by lopsided scores, easily defeating Lampasas in the opener and shutting out Round Rock High 42-0 in the crucial fourth game of the tournament.
But the Lions also showed they could come up with plays when it counted by coming back from a two-touchdown deficit in the second game against state-qualifier Round Rock Westwood to 27-20 — thanks to scores in the final minutes of the game — and then by downing Austin Bowie in overtime.
“Graylon Brown played unbelievable,” linebacker coach Zane Guy said about the overtime win. “He got an interception that pretty much sealed the deal. And the defense played really well. We were in some positions where we knew we had to have some stops and give the offense a chance to get back on the field and score some points. We felt confident we could do that.”
Ironically, the final victory of the tournament in which the Lions qualified for the large school state event was against Brady, one of the smallest schools in the field. The Lions won 33-14.
The Lions will travel to Arlington Bowie for a Class 1A-2A-3A qualifier next Saturday before hosting a tournament on June 21.