Brady 7-on-7 team comes up short at state tourney

The Brady 7-on-7 football team, one of only 64 high school teams in the state, made it to the championship bracket, won its First Round game, then was defeated in the Second Round at the state meet in College Station Friday and Saturday. At the fifth annual FoxSports Net 7-on-7 State Championship, officials placed the Bulldogs in Pool #9 with one 5A school Houston Cy-Falls and two 4A schools, La Marque and Richardson, in Friday’s opening three games. The Dogs, under volunteer coaches James Petty and Andy McBee, defeated Cy Falls in the First Round, 46-20. “We controlled that game from start to finish,” Petty said. In the Second Round, LaMarque beat Brady, 40-28, and Petty said that the Bulldogs fell behind 33-7. The Doggies battled back, but it was too late. Having to win their Third Round game on Friday in order to advance to the Championship Round on Saturday, Brady whipped Richardson, 34-12. “We again controlled this one from start to finish,” the coach said. The two losers in each pool entered the Consolation Round while the Bulldogs were among the winners in the Championship Division. In the first round on Saturday, Brady opened with a stirring 34-20 victory over 4AAzle, another bigger school. “We had never won a game on Saturday,” Petty said. “We jumped to an early 20-6 margin then held them off to advance to the “Sweet 16.” In the Championship Second Round game, the Bulldogs fell to Waco Hewitt Midway, 41-34. “They scored on a 45-yard bomb with less than two minutes to play, and we couldn’t score before time ran out,” Petty said. Odessa Permian defeated Burnet in the Championship Finals, 41-27, while Southlake Carroll downed Katy in the Consolation Finals, 54-40. Burnet, Celina and Brady were the only 3A schools in the Championship Bracket Saturday morning out of 32 teams to advance to the Second Round. Merkel lost in the First Round. Fellow District 6-3A rival, Ballinger, advanced to the Consolation Bracket’s Quarterfinals before losing to Southlake Carroll, 40-21. As a sidebar on the weekend, Petty said that of the eight teams that lost in Round Two on Saturday, Brady scored the most points against its victors (34). “So in a tiebreaker situation, we would have finished in ninth place,” he said. Petty said that he and McBee were pleased with the effort and the results of the weekend, but were disappointed that the team didn’t go further. “We had beaten both Odessa Permian and Burnet in tournaments earlier this summer,” he said. “We had some questionable calls in the Midway game that went against us, but that’s part of the game. “The kids played with heart like they have all summer. Once again we turned some heads. I believe Brady should be proud of these kids for not only the way they played, but the way they represented the Heart of Texas. “Andy and I loved working with them and consider it an honor and a privilege to have been a part of this 7-on-7 season,” Petty said. The 64 teams that qualified for the State Championship tournament were: San Antonio (Alamo Heights), Southlake Carroll, Burnet, Fort Bend Hightower. Katy Mayde Creek, Madisonville, Arlington SQT (runner -up), Sulphur Springs. Corsicana, Port Arthur Memorial, Richland, Baytown Robert E. Lee. Bay City, Forney, Marlin, Tyler Robert E. Lee. Hico, Houston Lamar, Mineral Wells, Vidor. Ballinger, Grapevine, Katy, Round Rock. Austin Bowie, Cypress Cy-Fair, Lewisville Hebron, Odessa Permian. Colleyville Heritage, Sugar Land Kempner, Merkel, Waller. Cy-Falls, LaMarque, Brady, Richardson. Azle, Georgetown, Katy Taylor, Taylor. College Station A&M Consolidated, Frenship, Conroe Oak Ridge, Arlington SWT, winner. Eastland, Houston Madison, Waco Midway, Wylie. Brownwood, Friendswood, Keller, Rusk. Atlanta, Crosby Arlington Lamar, McAllen. Celina, Lufkin, Mission Sharyland, The Woodlands. Allen, Houston Clear Lake, Tyler John Tyler, Klein.

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