Harmony + Palestine Bow Out In Division II State 7-On-7 Tournament Championship Bracket
COLLEGE STATION -- Konrad Eichelman turned in a second impressive Division II Texas State 7-on-7 Championships performance in as many days, guiding Harmony on a two-play, 45-yard drive for a last-minute score Friday against Midland Greenwood for a round of 16 date with Carthage.
Eichelman caught two passes from quarterback Spencer Seahorn and scored to help the Eagles escape the first round by a score of 34-27.
Unfortunately, Harmony's impressive run ended in the next round with a 20-7 loss to Carthage. The Eagles owned a 7-6 advantage at halftime.
"It was big for us," Eichelman said of Harmony's top 16 finish in the state wide event at Veterans Memorial Park in College Station. "We were one of the smallest schools, but we do wish we had gone farther."
Seahorn threw a 16-yard touchdown pass on the Eagles' first drive of the game against Carthage.
The Bulldogs held Harmony scoreless from there. Junior safety Mekhi Colbert recorded two interceptions, including a second half pick-six to ice the game.
Carthage quarterback Kason Davis began to turn the tide late in the first half with a short touchdown toss, but Eichelman kept Harmony in front on an extra point interception.
Davis gave the Bulldogs a 13-7 lead with a 45-yard throw midway through second half.
Carthage fell in the next round to Argyle, 33-25. Argyle, in turn, lost to Kaufman in the semifinal round.
Kaufman won the Division II championship with a five-point victory against Somerset.
Harmony will kick off its 2016 season Aug. 25 on the road at Tyler All Saints.
"We're learning, when we work together as a team, we're almost unbeatable," senior receiver Jacob Kimmen said. "We lost to a bigger school today. We were happy with the way we handled pool play. Our mission this season is to go pretty deep into the playoffs."
Palestine Falls In First Round
Palestine gave up a one-point lead late in the first half of its round of 32 game against Sweetwater and never recovered, falling 33-26 to end its time in College Station.
Sweetwater, the virtual midway mark between Abilene and Lubbock, built a 13-point advantage on its first drive of the second half and managed to keep one score ahead at all times in spite of Wildcats quarterback Claude Rodgers' successful final two drives.
Rodgers completed 21 of 33 pass attempts. Six of his throws were dropped by receivers and another two were broken up by Sweetwater defenders.
T.J. Dever scored two touchdowns to lead all Palestine receivers.
The Wildcats will begin their 2016 season Aug. 26 at Mabank.