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Navasota Claims Division II Seven-on-Seven Title


Playing eight games in two days tests the strongest.  Navasota proved worthy by taking the Texas Division II 7-on-7 championship with a 40-39 win over China Spring at Veterans Park in College Station on Friday, July 10.

The Rattlers appeared in command late in the title contest, leading 40-26 when Ladadrien Walker intercepted China Spring’s Kameron Coe.  But the Cougars rallied for a touchdown and held Navasota on downs in the red zone.

Coe then marched his team downfield for the potential winning score, and Brett Cain made a leaping catch for the touchdown.  On the game’s final snap, the Cougars went for the win with a two-point conversion, but Navasota’s coverage forced a high throw that fell incomplete.

“Navasota did a great job today,” Coe told Brian Crownover of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  “It definitely stings a little bit by losing on that last play, but it’s a great accomplishment for all of us to get to the last game.”

hillman“We’re not allowed to be involved in it, so we get to sit there as fans,” added Navasota head coach Lee Fedora to David Campbell of the Bryan Eagle.  “Our kids played hard and were able to keep that fight to get the win.”

The Rattlers advanced to the championship bracket with a 3-0 record in pool play on Thursday.  Navasota defeated Stephenville 54-18, White Oak 27-18, and Yoakum 40-13 to set up its five-game marathon on Friday.

In the championship first round, Navasota edged Princeton 35-34 in a game not as close as the score indicated.  The Rattlers led by nine, but Princeton scored late and converted the two-point conversion in the one-point victory.

Navasota moved on in round two with a 39-25 win over Pilot Point and took the quarterfinal game against Burnet 55-27.  A 32-19 decision over Abilene Wylie set up the title contest against China Spring.

Shelton Eppler quarterbacked the Rattlers the entire tournament and tossed three touchdown passes to Sammy Blair in the championship game.  All-state receiver Tren’Davian Dickson sat out the 7-on-7 tournament due to a hamstring twinge.

“You have to work a lot harder with Tren’Davian for sure because he helps out the team with first downs,” Eppler told The Eagle.  “He definitely can get in the end zone.”

Navasota became the first Brazos Valley team to claim a 7-on-7 championship since the tournament began in 1996.  In the consolation bracket, Giddings won the title with a 38-12 win over East Bernard.

Check back for more 7-on-7 Championship coverage later today and tomorrow.

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