A&M Consolidated entered the weekend an early favorite to win the Texas 7-on-7 Division I State Championship after losing in last years’ title game to in-town rival College Station.
The Tigers climbed back to the final and got off to fast start against Southlake Carroll but needed to finish strong after a few mistakes in the second half. Consolidated topped Carroll, 37-31, after two interceptions gave Carroll the lead midway through the second half.
The Dragons led, 21-20, when an interception by Carroll defensive back Jonah Doddridge turned into a 30-yard connection between quarterback Quinn Ewers and receiver Josh Spaeth. That gave Carroll a 26-23 lead after Consolidated interception the extra point and ran it back for two.
On the Tigers next drive, Tiger quarterback Gage Pahl threw his second consecutive interception, this time to Cinque Williams. Carroll couldn’t convert that turnover into points and Pahl redeemed himself, hitting Nate Floyd in the end zone to regain the lead. Carroll never led again.
The Dragons never stopped Floyd. The 6-foot wide receiver caught three of Consolidated’s five touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a vindictive goal after last years’ title game loss.
“Earlier, coach Fedora was talking boot camp; showing up to boot camp,” Floyd said. “As a team collectively, I feel like we’ve been showing up to boot camp and getting our work outs in and that set us up for the tournament. It felt great, I couldn’t do it [without my teammates.]”
Consolidated will look to build on its 7-on-7 championship after losing in the area round during last year’s fall season while Carroll used this years’ tournament to build chemistry in a young team.