Bulletin Staff Report

After the Brownwood Lions qualified for state last weekend, the 7-on-7 tournament they hosted Saturday became an opportunity to sharpen their skills. That’s exactly what happened as the Lions went undefeated in their pool.

Meanwhile, Granbury and Copperas Cove managed to capture state berths Saturday afternoon, defeating Abilene Cooper and San Antonio Clark, respectively. Granbury beat Copperas Cove for the tournament crown.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Coach Mitch Moore said. “After you capture the state berth like they did in Abilene last week, the best thing you can do is go out and win the games in your pool.”

State is still three weeks away in College Station, so the Lions will try to arrange a game with another state qualifer to help the players stay sharp.

“We didn’t do that last year, and that may have hurt us,” Moore said. “A tune-up game between now and then would be good.”

Teams that didn’t qualify for the four teams advancing into the afternoon pool, or who had already qualified for state, finished their schedule Saturday morning. Conditions at Brownwood High’s practice field after last week’s rains forced morning games to be scattered throughout the city. Moore said Brownwood played at Gordon Wood Stadium, site of the afternoon finale, while Early played at its home field. Another pool played at Brownwood Middle School.

Early beat Vista Ridge, but lost to Georgetown and Copperas Cove.

Bangs stepped into the tournament after Richland Springs had to drop out.

“Bangs played well,” Moore said, recording a win over Stephenville before losing to Abilene Cooper.