Sometimes the underdogs prevail.Â Â Austin Westlake ran its routes to perfection and upset favored Manvel 42-34 in double overtime in the Texas Division I 7-on-7 championship held atÂ College Stationâ€™sÂ VeteransÂ ParkÂ on Saturday, July 11.
The Chaparrals went undefeated inÂ Fridayâ€™sÂ pool play, scoring 138 points.Â Â WestlakeÂ downed Klein Collins 54-12, trounced Forney 56-19, and defeated Abilene Cooper 28-26 to advance to the championship bracket.
WestlakeÂ continued its winning waysÂ on SaturdayÂ opening with a 30-19 decision over Houston Lamar and moving past Rowlett 30-20 in round two.Â Â In the quarterfinals, the Chaps beatÂ College StationÂ 42-27 and edged District 14-6A rivalÂ LakeÂ TravisÂ 33-32 in the semis.
Manvel led most of the title game, butÂ WestlakeÂ surged in front on quarterback Sam Ehlingerâ€™s pinpoint passing and crisp routes by his receivers.Â Â The Mavericks sent the championship game into overtime, the first time in tournament history, with a Dâ€™Eriq King to Reggie Hemphill-Mapps touchdown pass with under two minutes to play.
In the first overtime period, both teams threw interceptions.Â Â ButÂ WestlakeÂ scored on its second possession and intercepted King to seal the victory.
â€œWe played hard every game,â€ King told Angel Verdejo, Jr. of theÂ Houston Chronicle. â€œWe fought through some adversity, and thatâ€™s teaching us for the season.â€
WestlakeÂ became the fourth team from theÂ AustinÂ area to claim a 7-on-7 title.Â Â Previously,Â GeorgetownÂ (2007), Round Rock Stony Point (2009), andÂ LakeÂ TravisÂ (2010) earned the trophy.Â Â This fall, the Chaparrals will attempt to become the sixth team to win a 7-on-7 championship and an 11-man state championship in the same year.
In the consolation bracket,Â LufkinÂ defeatedÂ CypressÂ Falls, last yearâ€™s consolation winner, 39-32 for the title.