Longview + Whitehouse Each Go 3-0 in State 7-on-7 Division I Pool Play
COLLEGE STATION — It was supposed to be the “Pool of Death,” but the Longview Lobos made it look pretty easy Friday at the state 7-on-7 tournament.
Longview breezed through Pool I with wins over Pearland, Lubbock Coronado, and DeSoto to roll into the Division I championship bracket.
The Lobos will begin their quest for a state title against Houston Clear Brook in the Round of 32 at 9 a.m. Saturday on Field 2B.
Clear Brook finished 2-1 in Pool A, defeating Coppell and McAllen Rowe and losing to pool champ Lake Travis.
Longview began the day with a strong defensive performance in its 28-19 defeat of Pearland.
Senior defensive back Kyle Johnson got Longview on the board with an interception return for a touchdown, while junior safety Jephaniah Lister had an interception in the end zone late in the second half.
Jordan Lawson was the quarterback for all three of Longview’s offensive touchdowns. He threw TD’s to A’Darius Carter, Jacob Johnson, and Kamden Perry.
Longview then posted impressive wins over Coronado (46-30) and DeSoto (34-19) to complete the 3-0 performance.
Whitehouse Hangs on to Finish Pool Play Unbeaten
After strong showings against Round Rock Westwood and The Woodlands to begin the day, Whitehouse came up with a few big plays late to escape Pool O unscathed.
Jake Clemons’ touchdown strike to Javier Neal, Jerome Bowser’s interception, and Kyveon Rider pass break-up in the end zone as time expired gave Whitehouse a thrilling 33-26 win over Arlington in Friday’s finale.
Whitehouse, which defeated Westwood (41-35) and The Woodlands (33-20) earlier in the day, went 3-0 in pool play and advanced to the championship bracket.
The Wildcats will face Abilene Cooper in the Round of 32 at 9 a.m. Saturday on Field 10B.
Cooper went 1-2 in Pool G. The Cougars defeated Plano Prestonwood, but fell to Houston St. Pius X and Beaumont West Brook.
Neal’s go-ahead touchdown reception was his fourth of the game. Junior receiver Cameron Cantrell had Whitehouse’s other TD.
In addition to the game-ending pass deflection, Rider recorded a first-half interception to spark the Whitehouse defense.
Jacksonville Finishes Strong
The Jacksonville Indians avoided an 0-3 performance in Pool N with a 32-21 win over Birdville in its final game of the day.
The Indians will meet El Paso Eastlake in the consolation bracket’s Round of 32 at 8 a.m. Saturday on Field 9B.
Jacksonville suffered losses to Cy Creek (33-24) and Cedar Park (43-26) earlier Friday.
Josh McDowell and Jaeshun Bush had two touchdown receptions apiece in the Indians’ loss to Cedar Park.
Dallas Mobley recorded a second-half interception as well for Jacksonville.