Class 2A Celina Takes Down Class 5A Abilene Cooper to Win State 7-on-7 Title

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Celina impressed some of the state's most successful 4A and 5A programs by capturing the third-annual Fox Sports Net 7-on-7 State Championship. The Bobcats rallied for a 45-41 victory over Abilene Cooper in the championship game of the 64-team, two-day event, held at Kyle Field. Celina's road to the state championship was no easy task, considering its enrollment of 300 students is dwarfed in comparison to Cooper's enrollment of 2,389 students. 

Celina fell behind Abilene Cooper by two touchdowns in the first 11 minutes of the championship game, as the Cougars led 21-6. Despite Celina's receivers dropping several key passes early in the game, quarterback Adam Herrin connected on two touchdowns to bring Celina within two points at halftime. Herrin then added three more touchdowns in the second half to produce a stunning comeback 45-41 victory over the Cougars. 

After advancing through pool play held on Friday to a 32-team championship bracket which started play on Saturday, Celina knocked off Southlake Carroll (1998 Fox Sports Net 7-on-7 State Champions) in the opening game, 35-20. Next was Abilene, 26-21, then Baytown Lee, 34-27. In the semifinals, Celina held off Grapevine (1998 Fox Sports Net 7-on-7 state runner-ups), 35-28. 

In the Consolation final, Corsicana defeated Cypress Falls 50-42. 

Championship Bracket

* First Round * 
Port Arthur Jefferson 28, Arlington Martin 27
Baytown Lee 34, Pflugerville 25
Abilene 19, Highland Park 0
Celina 35, Southlake Carroll 20
Lufkin 46, San Angelo Central 33
Austin Bowie 34, Tyler Chapel Hill 13
Grapevine 41, Madison 20
North Mesquite 32, Vidor 31
Tyler Lee (2) 35, Round Rock 20
The Woodlands 34, Colleyville Heritage 27
Marion 28, Lindale 24
Klein Oak 20, Farmersville 19
Katy 47, Lone Oak 27
Big Spring 28, Brady 13
Keller 33, Arlington Lamar 32
Abilene Cooper 40, Brownwood 18 

* Second Round * 
Baytown Lee 31, Port Arthur Jefferson 6
Celina 26, Abilene 21
Austin Bowie 20, Lufkin 12
Grapevine 28, North Mesquite 26
The Woodlands 21, Tyler Lee (2) 20
Marion 25, Klein Oak 24
Katy 31, Big Spring 7
Abilene Cooper 33, Keller 28 

* Quarterfinals * 
Celina 34, Baytown Lee 27
Grapevine 20, Austin Bowie 13
Marion 46, The Woodlands 13
Abilene Cooper 42, Katy 33 

* Semifinals * 
Celina 35, Grapevine 28
Abilene Cooper 39, Marion 33 

* Championship * 
Celina 45, Abilene Cooper 41

Consolation Bracket

* Second Round * 
Lumberton 33, Cuero 48
Cypress Creek 24, Madisonville 25
Texas High 20, Klein Forest 28
Corsicana 20, Marcus 7
Texas City 20, A&M Consolidated 26
Caldwell 28, Grand Prairie 40
Weatherford 31, Killeen 18
Tyler Lee (1) 19, Cypress Falls 25 

* Quarterfinals * 
Cuero 32, Madisonville 24
Klein Forest 23, Corsicana 33
A&M Consolidated 32, Grand Prairie 24
Weatherford 43, Cypress Falls 45 

* Semifinals * 
Corsicana 33, Cuero 6 
Cypress Falls 28, A&M Consolidated 7 

* Finals * 
Corsicana 50, Cypress Falls 42

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