The second day of play at the Adidas 7on7 state championships featured last-second heartbreaks, a scuffle and two unbeatens as teams from the Piney Woods continued their quest for a state title in College Station.
Pleasant Grove advanced the furthest of the Division II representatives with the Hawks narrowly edging Mexia (33-32) in its opening-round game Friday in the championship bracket before blowing out Lubbock Estacado (39-14) to reach the quarterfinals.
Facing Abilene Wylie, the same team it did in the Class 4A baseball state semifinals earlier this month, Pleasant Grove experienced a similar result. The Hawks were stopped 3-1 by Wylie in baseball and were denied by two points again in their quarterfinal loss, 35-33.
Wylie went on to lose to Graham 27-20 in the state final with the Steers capturing a Division II title for the third time in four years.
Carthage and Palestine were put out in their first-round championship bracket games as Carthage lost 39-19 to Cuero and Palestine was upended 32-15 against San Augustine, which eventually lost to China Spring.
The Canton Eagles and Gilmer Buckeyes were looking for a bounce back on Day 2 in the consolation bracket after both struggled in pool play Thursday.
Gilmer went 0-3 on Thursday, but quickly showed on Friday that things would be different, downing Salado 39-20. That set up a second-round clash with Stephenville which produced the most talked about moment of the day. During a tense contest, an altercation on the field led to a benches clearing situation with both teams pushing and shoving before order was restored.
Stephenville eventually emerged with a 34-33 victory.
Meanwhile, Canton, which went 1-2 on Thursday, got past Levelland 19-13 in its first-round matchup before trouncing Liberty, 33-18. That put Canton against Stephenville in the quarterfinals. The Eagles were driving to tie the game and scored the touchdown, but were denied on the extra point to fall 27-26.
Stephenville went on to lose to Midlothian Heritage in the consolation final.
WHITEHOUSE, LONGVIEW GO UNBEATEN IN DIVISION I POOL PLAY
It was a good Day 1 for the Wildcats and Lobos as both successfully navigated through their respective pools to book spots in Saturday's championship bracket.
Whitehouse, which was in Pool O, defeated Round Rock Westwood (41-35), The Woodlands (33-20) and Arlington (33-26).
Longview, in Pool I, defeated Pearland (28-19), Lubbock Coronado (46-30) and DeSoto (34-19).
The championship bracket play begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Longview opens against Clear Brook and Whitehouse takes on Abilene Cooper. If they win, the Lobos will face the winner of Abilene and Georgetown with the Wildcats taking on the winner of Houston Lamar and Fort Bend Bush in the second round at 10:15 a.m.
The state championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Jacksonville, Marshall and Lufkin will be in the consolation bracket.
The Indians, making their second-straight trip to state, went 1-2 in Pool N, falling to Cy Creek (33-24) and Cedar Park (43-26) before salvaging the day with a win over Birdville (32-21). Jacksonville will open up consolation bracket play at 8 a.m. Saturday against El Paso Eastlake. If the Tribe win, they will face the winner of Cy Fair and San Antonio O'Connor in the second round at 10:15 a.m.
Marshall was making its first trip to state in over a decade. The Mavericks started off well, defeating Dallas Wilson (26-24) but followed that up with losses against San Angelo Central (51-18) and Houston Lamar (45-25) to finish 1-2. The Mavericks will aim to rebound at 8 a.m. Saturday with a first-round matchup against Edinburg North. If Marshall wins, it will advance to play either Plano Prestonwood or The Woodlands in the second round at 10:15 a.m.
The Panthers are the most experienced of the Piney Woods teams at state, but Lufkin went 1-2 with losses against Georgetown (38-32) and Katy Cinco Ranch (32-12) sandwiched around a victory over Haslet Eaton (22-12). Lufkin opens the consolation bracket against The Colony at 8 a.m. with the winner meeting the winner of DeSoto and Coppell in the second round at 10:15 a.m.
The consolation final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
For complete pool play results and championship/consolation brackets, go to www.texas7on7.com.
Adidas 7on7 Championships
At Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, College Station
Lubbock Estacado 27, Fairfield 20
Pleasant Grove 33, Mexia 32
Abilene Wylie 32, Somerset 27
Boerne 48, Rio Hondo 41
Lexington 50, Gatesville 44
San Augustine 32, Palestine 15
China Spring 33, East Bernard 25
Melissa 36, Argyle 34
Alpine 33, Giddings 12
Graham 53, El Campo 31
Wimberley 28, Cameron 27
Kaufman 30, Wellington 25
Cuero 39, Carthage 19
Brownwood 34, Rockdale 28
Andrews 33, Sonora 26
Navasota 34, West 26
Pleasant Grove 39, Estacado 14
Wylie 41, Boerne 33
San Augustine 35, Lexington 34
China Spring 35, Melissa 32
Graham 47, Alpine 32
Kaufman 32, Wimberley 20
Cuero 31, Brownwood 12
Navasota 46, Andrews 34
Abilene Wylie 35, Pleasant Grove 33
China Spring 41, San Augustine 20
Graham 49, Kaufman 18
Navasota 45, Cuero 7
Abilene Wylie 38, China Spring 32
Graham 41, Navasota 27
State Championship Game
Graham 27, Abilene Wylie 20
Pleasanton 33, Deweyville 13
Sweeny 40, Pecos 18
Heritage 40, Celina 21
Shepherd 40, Mineral Wells 20
Brazosport 38, Glen Rose 26
Lorena 31, Dublin 14
Hardin-Jefferson 30, Crandall 13
Sweetwater 27, Falls City 15
Bay City 33, Anna 13
Brock 40, Hidalgo 28
Needville 43, Springtown 32
Stafford 31, Bonham 25
Canton 19, Levelland 13
Liberty 26, Goliad 14
Gilmer 39, Salado 20
Stephenville 40, Hitchcock 25
Sweeny 28, Pleasanton 6
Heritage 26, Shepherd 20
Brazosport 27, Lorena 8
Sweetwater 41, Hardin-Jefferson 38
Bay City 34, Brock 33
Needville 38, Stafford 14
Canton 33, Liberty 18
Stephenville 34, Gilmer 33
Heritage 31, Sweeny 12
Sweetwater 40, Brazosport 34
Bay City 26, Needville 12
Stephenville 27, Canton 26
Heritage 44, Sweetwater 34
Stephenville 21, Bay City 14
Heritage 33, Stephenville 14