Brady 7-on-7 competes in Abilene qualifier

Brady’s summer football program, 7-on-7, resumed action last Thursday in the San Angelo league with four more games. Opponent number one was Eldorado and the Bulldogs had very little trouble with the Eagles as they cruised to victory. Grape Creek was up next and Brady was extremely flat and allowed the Eagles to tie them in a very low scoring 7-7 game. The third game was against host San Angelo Central and once again the Dogs were flat as they lost by two scores to the Cats. The fourth and final game was a rematch against Wall, a team they defeated in week one. Both teams were short a few players from the previous week and it showed in a 6-6 yawner. On the day, Brady was 1-1-2 and are 5-1-2 overall. ‘I guess I’m not surprised we were flat after the emotional week from the week before, but I didn’t expect us to be that flat,’ said James Petty, coach of the Brady team. ‘We’re still fairly young and need to learn to come prepared every time. We had a nice talk after the game challenging the players to dig deep and start coming prepared both physically and mentally every time we step on the field whether its league play, practice or a State Qualifier. ‘With the Abilene State Qualifier in two days, we were a little concerned with how they would respond.’ ABILENE STATE QUALIFIER RESULTS The Brady team continued action on Saturday, June 16 when they traveled to Abilene Christian University to compete in their second State Qualifying Tournament in as many weeks. ‘We stress to our kids to play physical, not dirty, and see how the other team responds,” said Petty. “The first game was against the Brownwood Lions, a team that knows all too well on how to intimidate, and they were not buying what we were selling.’ The Lions got right back in our gills and it caught our kids off guard. We fell behind three scores in the first half and never recovered losing to the Lions, 48-20. Game two was a rematch with Central, the team that handed the Bulldogs their only loss just two days before in San Angelo. Brady controlled the game from start to finish as they cruised 45-21. ‘Our kids knew they shouldn’t have lost to them a couple of days ago and wanted to make a statement, and they did.’ The third game was the best of the day that came down to the last play to see the Midland Lee Rebels win by a 34-27 count. ‘Even though they didn’t qualify, we were so proud of how the kids responded after such a lackluster day on Thursday. That showed us a lot about these kids, and we still feel that we will qualify for the College Station State Tournament.’ Brady will play in San Angelo again on Thursday as they do throughout the month of June, and then will be in Brownwood on June 23. Brady has already qualified for the Abilene Christian University State Tournament to be held on July 13-14, but the State Qualifiers they are participating in now, is for a chance to return to College Station and the ‘Official’ League Sanctioned State Tournament.

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