In the first game on Monday, the teams played a single 30-minute contest with TD’s counting an automatic seven points and interceptions counting three points, the same fashion as most non SQT games are played. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but saw Sabine tie things up at 21-21 with about 10 minutes left. Gilmer dominated from that point on and went on to win 42-28.
After a 5-minute break, the second game began in the same fashion as the first game, but after about five minutes, the rules changed to the SQT and State Tournament format, with the teams having to go for an extra point from the 3 or for a 2-point conversion from the 10, and interceptions had to be returned the distance to get credit for a TD.
Sabine took an early 3-0 lead on an interception at the goal line, but Kris Boyd paid the visitors back and knotted the game 3-3 with a pick of his own near the goal line. The Bucks went up 10-3 and never trailed, cruising to a 37-10 victory in the second game.
We asked 7on7 Coach Rebel Jackson his thoughts on the team’s performance after the last game ended. “I am happy. We hadn’t played in two weeks and looked a little rusty in that first game. Sabine has a good, scrappy team, so it was a good outing for us. I told the kids the longer you go after school is out, the tougher it is. It is hard to stay in tune after school is out.”
He continued, “Both of our quarterbacks threw the ball well today, and we beat a nice little team. We will play in Pine Tree this coming Monday, July 7th at 6 p.m. at their practice field at Pine Tree High School. We will play two games just like we did this evening, and then we will head to College Station on Wednesday, July 9th, for the State Tournament.”
The Division II Tournament will be held in College Station at the soccer fields on July 10-11. Gilmer will be in Pool L and will face Boerne, Cuero and Sweetwater on Thursday in games at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. They will play at either 8 or 9 a.m. on Friday in their quest to win the Division II Title. On the Friday games, they will play as long as they win, and in order to claim the Championship, they will have to play five games. They have come close once before at the State Championship, falling in the semifinals. They are hoping to go the distance this year!