ABILENE — In their first-ever appearance in a lineman challenge, the Brownwood Lions qualified for state by finishing in a tie for third place in Division II Saturday at the Hardin-Simmons Invitational.

The highlight of the day was the final event, the tug of war, where the Lions recorded three wins, including defeating Abilene Wylie.

‘Maroon’ Team participants included Blaize Infinger, Wyatt Jacobs, Santanna Espinoza, Arnulfo Zarate, J.T. Jones, Carson Benedict, Manuel Vega, Hayden Tunnell and Chris Rangel.

In Division III, the Brownwood ‘White’ Team placed fourth overall.

Team members included Liam McCraw, Carlos Benitez, Eduardo Castillo, Caleb Woodcock, Jordan Duffy, Jacob Ruiz, Josh Lawson and Garrett Russell.

The Lions are scheduled to join their 7-on-7 teammates in Gatesville next Saturday for a dual competition.