Westlake photo by Will Leverett.

hillmanSometimes the underdogs prevail.  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 at College Station’s Veterans Park on Saturday, July 11.

The Chaparrals went undefeated in Friday’s pool play, scoring 138 points.  Westlake downed Klein Collins 54-12, trounced Forney 56-19, and defeated Abilene Cooper 28-26 to advance to the championship bracket.

Westlake continued its winning ways on Saturday opening with a 30-19 decision over Houston Lamar and moving past Rowlett 30-20 in round two.  In the quarterfinals, the Chaps beat College Station 42-27 and edged District 14-6A rival Lake Travis 33-32 in the semis.

Manvel led most of the title game, but Westlake surged in front on quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s pinpoint passing and crisp routes by his receivers.  The Mavericks sent the championship game into overtime, the first time in tournament history, with a D’Eriq King to Reggie Hemphill-Mapps touchdown pass with under two minutes to play.

In the first overtime period, both teams threw interceptions.  But Westlake scored on its second possession and intercepted King to seal the victory.

“We played hard every game,” King told Angel Verdejo, Jr. of the Houston Chronicle. “We fought through some adversity, and that’s teaching us for the season.”

Westlake became the fourth team from the Austin area to claim a 7-on-7 title.  Previously, Georgetown (2007), Round Rock Stony Point (2009), and Lake Travis (2010) earned the trophy.  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, Lufkin defeated Cypress Falls, last year’s consolation winner, 39-32 for the title.

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