The Foster 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament was spread across four Lamar Consolidated ISD campuses due to continuing rainstorms in Fort Bend leading up to Friday’s action.
The footballs were raining down on defenders at Foster, Fulshear, George Ranch, and Terry; and in the end, nearly two Fort Bend teams reached the state 7-on-7 tournament.
Both Foster and Ridge Point lost their state qualifying matches to give Shadow Creek and Dickinson tickets to College Station for the state tournament.
In Pool A at Fulshear, the Chargers competed in their first 7-on-7 tournament in program history. The Chargers lost their opening game against Dickinson 21-14. Fulshear lost a close game to Katy Taylor 13-7 and Brenham 12-0.
“(I was) proud our kids,” Fulshear head coach Nick Codutti said. “The growth of our kids is unreal. They have no idea how close they are.”
Dickinson and Brenham beat Taylor 35-0 and 13-12 respectively. Brenham beat Dickinson 13-12, but the Gators advanced on point total.
In Pool B at George Ranch, the Longhorns narrowly missed earning a spot in one of the two state-qualifying games. George Ranch beat Friendswood 30-15 and Angleton 20- 12 before losing to Shadow Creek 20-0. Shadow Creek edged out Angleton 7-6 and Friendswood 26-14.
Angleton beat Friendswood 20-19 to round out group play.
Shadow Creek advanced with a 3-0 record out of Pool B. In Pool C at Terry, Ridge Point was 3-0 after beating Klein Cain in overtime 27-21 followed by Terry 20-6 and Cypress Creek 13-8.
Klein Cain beat Cypress Creek 19-6 and Terry 21-6.
In Pool D at Foster, the Falcons blew out Stratford 35-13 before scoring late to beat Clements 12-8. The Falcons lost to Cypress Falls on a last-second touchdown, 18-14. But Cypress Falls had previously qualified for the state tournament, putting Foster to the next round.
Cypress Falls beat Clements 20-13 and Stratford 34-12.
Stratford beat Clements 31-25 to complete Pool D play.
Shadow Creek beat out Ridge Point 26-20 in the state-qualifying match at George Ranch. At Foster, the Falcons again lost on a last-second touchdown in back-to-back games.
Dickinson scored in the final play of the game, snapping the ball just before the clock hit zero and a jump ball was caught by a Gator.
The 2021 state tournament will take place Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26 at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station for the Division I field.
The Division I tournament field includes Alvin Shadow Creek, Arlington Lamar, Austin Anderson, Austin Westlake, College Station, Colleyville Heritage, Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods, Denton Braswell, Denton Guyer, Dickinson, El Paso Americas, El Paso Coronado, El Paso Eastlake, El Paso Eastwood, Flower Mound Marcus, Frisco Lone Star, Frisco Wakeland, Garland, Haslet Eaton, Hutto, Katy Tompkins, Killeen Harker Heights, Klein Cain, Klein Collins, Lake Travis, Laredo United South, Lewisville Hebron, Little Elm, Mercedes, Midland Christian, Midland Lee, Mission Veterans Memorial, Southlake Carroll, The Woodlands, Trophy Club Nelson and Wolfforth Frenship.
Division I still has 12 tournaments remaining before the final SQT on June 20. The local tournaments include A&M Consolidated, Dickinson and two at Houston Sports Park hosted by Conroe ISD coaches.