A&M Consolidated advanced to the Division I Championship quarterfinals in the 7-on-7 state football tournament at Veterans Park on Saturday, but the Tigers fell one point short of a semifinal.
Consol’s day ended with a 20-19 loss to Fort Bend Hightower. The Tigers had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but Hightower intercepted a deep throw to the end zone in the final minute of the second half. Consol failed to convert two extra run attempts in the first half after touchdown passes from Will Hargett to Wesley Greaves.
It was Consol’s only loss in the tournament as he finished the event with a 5-1 record.
“Last year we went 0-4,” running back Consol Keshun Thomas said. “Our chemistry just wasn’t there the way it was this year. It was fun playing with my brothers on and off the pitch. We have a great bond. We go out to eat. We do all of this. But I feel like that here, that defines what a great team we really are.
It took Consol three overtimes to beat PSJA North 35-33 in the first round of bracket play.
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The Tigers tied the game at 20 in the last regulation game, but didn’t have a chance to go for the extra run due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes, setting up one-game-and-two-point conversion rounds. Hargett has connected with Payton Bjork for the Tigers tryout. PSJA North couldn’t complete their two-point attempt which sent Consol into the second round.
The Tigers handled Colleyville Heritage in the second round 40-18.
“Getting to the third round is good,” Consol head coach Lee Fedora said. “We had some turnovers and mistakes, but our kids fought through. When you don’t get a break like that, there are a lot of guys who have cramps and things like that, but they played hard.
Consol will begin its regular season against Huntsville on August 26 at Tigerland Stadium.
Cougars go 1-1 in bracket play
College Station fell in the second round to DeSoto 38-25. DeSoto won the Division I championship.
The Eagles took a two-point lead with a touchdown on the final play of the first half, and the Cougars couldn’t catch DeSoto in the final 15 minutes. College Station’s Jackson Ingram threw touchdown passes to Paden Cashion and Beau Kortan in the second half, but the Eagles’ athleticism and offensive speed were too much for the Cougars to overcome.
“Obviously DeSoto is really talented and had some great, fantastic plays,” College Station head coach Stoney Pryor said. “They are sporty, a quality football program and [we competed] all the time through this game. Really, what I said [the team] then it’s by the game of the league, the [tournaments] fighting to qualify, being able to get into the winner’s bracket, you definitely want to go further, but going down with a fight and a fire in the belly is exactly the path you want to go down.
The Cougars started the day with a 26-12 victory over McKinney. They finished the tournament with an overall record of 3-2.
College Station will open the regular season against Lucas Lovejoy on August 27 in the Tom Landry Classic at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
“We’ve had a lot of transitions over the past few months in terms of coaches but also players,” Pryor said. “We’ve had a number of guys who have graduated and had a lot of reps on the pitch for us for a number of years, and so it’s been a great opportunity for those young players to take on roles. roles, to appropriate, to take a little leadership, because frankly, we also had very good graduate leaders. We needed guys to take on these footballing but also programmatic roles. I love seeing that through 7 on 7.”