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Seven Austin-area teams qualified for the annual State 7s Championship Tournament (played June 28-29 in College Station). Six of our seven made the Champ bracket, while the seventh rocketed their way to the Consol Bracket championship! Check out our quick recap synopsis below:
The team’s first-ever State 7s Tournament, and the Trojans put on a show. Anderson was placed in Pool B vs. Lufkin, Klein Cain & Arlington Bowie. The Trojans coasted Game One 31-13, then handled Cain 40-26 in the following game. Anderson pumped the brakes a bit their 3rd pool game, falling to Lufkin 33-19. With a 2-1 record, the Trojans qualified for the Champions Bracket on Saturday. Anderson would lose a heartbreaking overtime thriller to Rockwall, 48-47 in Round One of Saturday action. Stay tuned for our Trojans recap mixtape feature later this week.
The Hippos competed in their 4th consecutive State tournament, led by Super Soph QB Grayson Doggett. Hutto was grouped with some tough teams in Pool D, consisting of Southlake Carroll, Clear Brook & Port Neches. We’re excited to see iReporter Taylor Valdez’ mixtape later in the week, to witness the Hippos going 3-0 in pool play (32-12 over Clear Brook, 25-24 in a hot contest vs Southlake, and another nail biter vs Port Neches, 14-13). It seems the Hippos spent most of their legs on Day One, coming out flat vs. underdog Midlothian, falling 28-19.
LAKE TRAVIS CAVALIERS
The Cavaliers were competing in their 16th consecutive State tourney, and improved their 2019 Summer State 7s record to 13-0, by sweeping Pool F. Lake Travis was led by QB Nate Yarnell (’21), edging West Brook 48-47 (overtime), outlasting Cedar Hill 49-47, then finishing strong vs Clear Springs 35-25. Stay tuned later next week for a huge recap mixtape featuring iReporters Lany Lyssy & Ginger Baldwin! LT would beat LBJ in Round One the next day, 35-22. Cy Ranch used ball stalling/clock killing techniques to square away their 37-33 over the Cavs.
This was a program first for the Jags to make the State 7s Tournament. LBJ shot out the game, beating Rider 26-18 in Game One of Pool N. They proceeded to dominate Coppell 43-26. They met up with one of the State’s elite 7s (and 11s in Fall) programs, the Katy Tigers. LBJ lost 38-12, but their first 2 wins helped them qualify for the State Champions bracket! The Jaguars were paired perennial 7s powerhouse Lake Travis, and lost 35-22 in Round One on Saturday. Stay tuned for a Jags mini-mixtape featuring iReporter Ikey Kohler later next week!
ROUND ROCK DRAGONS
The Dragons returned to State for the 1st time since 2015. Competing in Pool H, winning their opening game vs Mission 47-39. The Dragons played DeSoto tough early, but things got lopsided 2nd half, falling 48-26. In hindsight, the loss to DeSoto locked RRFB into the Consol bracket, despite the Dragons beating a strong Cy Falls team (which beat Lake Travis the next day), 40-37. The 22 point loss to DeSoto caused the Dragons to fall 4 points shy of the Champ bracket. On Saturday, Round Rock caught fire. Beating Central 48-38 in the opener. They took out Dallas-area JJ Pearce 40-27 in Game Two. In a hot defensive contest, RRFB dropped Richmond Foster 27014. Keep in mind, the Dragons played 6 hours in the sun the day prior. They’ve been playing since 8am Saturday morning, and were headed to the Final Four at 1:30pm. The legs proved strong, beating Bridgeland 40-33 in comeback fashion – qualifying them for the Consol Bracket Championship. In an overtime thriller, the Dragons fell to Mesquite Horn 54-53 in what was the end of an emotionally and physically exhausting weekend. Look for the RRFB Mixtape recap, featuring iReporter Connor Ellinor, towards the end of the upcoming week.
VISTA RIDGE RANGERS
The Rangers returned to State 7s for the 2nd consecutive year! They suffered a tough Game One loss in Pool I vs Denton Guyer (48-28). That didn’t damper their spirits, rallying to win big over Eisenhower (38-20), then besting Dickinson 39-33 in the 3rd game. As luck would have it, Vista Ridge was scheduled to play the defending State 7s Champion A&M Consolidated, and fell 48-20. Note that Consol would go on to win the entire thing later in the day to complete the State repeat. Head up, VR! Look for our Rangers mixtape later in the week.
Westlake returned to State 7s for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons. Equipped with the deepest skill collective we’ve seen in a while, the Chaps swept Pool M in dominant fashion. They started with a 46-27 win over Veterans, then dropped Frisco 53-26. The Dodge Dudes wrapped up Day One with a 53-27 win over Richmond Foster. Stay tuned for the Chaps mixtape featuring iReporter Emily England later this week. Westlake would fall to Lamar in Round One of the Champ bracket, 40-26.