COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Southlake Carroll rode the strong arm of blue-chip quarterback Nathan Chandler en route to the state's first-ever 7-on-7 championship earlier today in College Station, defeating 4A district rival Grapevine, 47-33.
Fox Sports Southwest and The Adams Course hosted an invitation-only 7-on-7-state championship, gathering qualifiers from each region of the state. In the end, the DFW area dominated, with the Dragons and Mustangs knocking off Arlington Lamar and Stephenville, respectively, in the semifinals.
Credit Lamar for advancing to the semis without several key players who were competing at a track tournament in San Antonio, including quarterback Clint Faught.
The other four schools to advance to the quarterfinals included Baytown Lee (lost 34-27 to Grapevine), West Orange Stark (lost 27-12 to Stephenville), A&M Consolidated (lost 34-14 to Lamar) and Waco Midway (lost 49-28 to Southlake Carroll).
Grapevine then held on against Stephenville, 38-31, and Southlake Carroll broke to an 18-0 lead and defeated Lamar, 24-20. All round robin and single-elimination play before the championship game was played on Simpson Drill Field.
The championship at Kyle Field saw the Dragons score on all five first-half possessions to take a 33-20 lead at halftime. The Mustangs narrowed the gap to 33-27 with 16:48 left, but Chandler quickly led Southlake Carroll back into the end zone with 15:11 remaining for a 40-27 advantage. Each team scored once more before the end of the contest.
The four teams that advanced to the semifinals were presented with commemorative footballs, and each of the participants in the final four received keepsake medallions as well as copies of the 1998 edition of Texas Football, personally autographed by founder Dave Campbell.
* Quarterfinals *
Southlake Carroll 49, Waco Midway 28
Grapevine 34, Baytown Lee 27
Stephenville 27, West Orange Stark 12
Arlington Lamar 34, A&M Consolidated 14
* Semifinals *
Southlake Carroll 24, Arlington Lamar 20
Grapevine 38, Stephenville 31
* Championship *
Southlake Carroll 47, Grapevine 33
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