ROWLETT 7ON7 FOOTBALL

Sunnyvale and Horn made a road trip last week and returned with some hardware to show for it after each claimed championships at the 2019 Texas 7on7 Championships on Thursday through Saturday at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station.

The Raiders claimed the Division II championship, while the Jaguars walked away as the Division I consolation bracket titlists.

Both teams saved their best for last.

Sunnyvale, who was back in College Station for the second straight season, got off to a great start in Pool D with a 42-7 thumping of Worthing, but the rest of Thursday did not go as smoothly, as they suffered a 33-26 overtime loss to Burnet and a 32-20 setback to pool winner McGregor.

The Raiders put it all together on Friday in the Division 2 championship bracket.

They started with a 41-20 victory over Marion and followed that up with an impressive 26-13 win against defending Division 2 state champion Midlothian Heritage.

Sunnyvale rolled in the quarterfinals with a 48-13 victory and then used some last-minute heroics to pull out a 13-12 win in a defensive battle with Jim Ned.

That sent the Raiders to the state championship game against Texarkana Pleasant Grove, who was the Class 4A Division 2 runner-up last fall

The teams traded punches throughout, but Sunnyvale was able to edge out to a lead and hold on until the end for a 34-27 victory to claim the state championship.

Horn got off to a very inauspicious start to its seventh appearance at the state 7on7 tournament. The Jaguars went 0-3 in Pool C with losses to El Paso Eastwood (33-26), Flower Mound Marcus (32-30) and Manvel (47-32).

It was a far different story on Saturday in the consolation bracket.

Horn got back on the winning track with a 38-19 victory over Montgomery and followed that up with a thorough 40-12 win over Klein Oak.

The Jaguars really got the offense going in the final three rounds. They were too much for Lovejoy in a 59-42 victory in the quarterfinals and they out-gunned Mission in a 47-34 win in the semifinals.

Horn met Round Rock in the consolation final in a wild back-and-forth affair that saw them do just enough in the end to claim a 54-53 victory to claim the championship.

The Jaguars are not the first area team to achieve success at the state 7on7 tournament. North Mesquite won the championship in the second year of existence back in 1999 and Mesquite advanced to the title game in 2008 before falling to Richland.

It has been a different story in Garland ISD, where no team has ever reached the title game in either bracket. Rowlett has made just one appearance and that was in 2015 and the same is true for Sachse, which made its only trip a year ago.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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