As the dust settled in College Station after a long and fierce weekend of competition, Navasota and Westlake walked off with the most coveted summer sports trophy in the state.
Both teams finished the weekend a perfect 8-0 after going undefeated during pool play and walking through the single elimination championship bracket.
There were many things to take away from this action-packed weekend, but we decided to highlight the biggest that may have the biggest impact in the fall:
Navasota has A LOT of playmakers
Six months removed from the conclusion of the best season in school history, the Rattlers are showing no signs of slowing down.
The usual suspects in QB Shelton Eppler and WR Tren’Davian Dickson were unstoppable during the tournament by helping the team walk through their pool on day one.
But when Dickson was sidelined on day two due to “a slight injury,” the Rattlers looked for a player to take on the tough task of filling his shoes.
Enter Sammy Blair, one of the best athletes in the state.
The ex-QB turned wide receiver owns school records in the 200 meter time and shares the Navasota 4×100 relay record.
The fictional “MVP” of the tournament shined all day in day two by helping lead the Rattlers to the championship.
While it looked like a one-man domination, Blair credits his teammates to his performance.
“[Eppler and Dickinson] are both tremendous athletes..Whenever they make great plays guys will rally behind that and feed off that energy,” Blair explained in an exclusive interview with Texas Redzone Report.
The Arkansas Razorback baseball commit hopes to carry his success into the season, but clearly explains he has a team-first mentality.
“[I’ll do] whatever it takes to win. If it takes me getting a block on an outside linebacker or a receiving touchdown that’s what I’ll do.”
After catching 43 passes for 720 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2014, Blair will look to improve as much as he can in 2015 to possibly become a dual-sport for the Hogs.
“I think that would be great but it will be a big challenge.”
Watch out gridiron fans, you just might see Sammy Blair representing Arkansas on the gridiron and the diamond in 2016. Well a 4.31 40-yard dash time doesn’t hurt his chances in accomplishing that goal.
Chapel Hill will be the surprise team of 2015
After a second round playoff loss to eventual state champion Navasota in 2014, Chapel Hill looks to be one of the most promising teams in 4A next season.
It’s hard to believe that the Bulldogs won state behind QB Avery Saenz just 3 seasons ago, since they have been in such a decline since that undefeated season.
Ask any Bulldog fan, and it feels like an eternity since Chapel Hill raised the trophy.
This weekend however, looked to be a era-changing moment for the school.
Behind Senior All-District QB Konnor Hitchcock, Chapel Hill marched their way to a semi-final appearance on Friday before losing to China Spring.
The Bulldogs will obviously have a long trek to endure if they want to raise the 4A trophy at NRG Stadium in December, but the off-season improvements they have made surely give them a better chance.
This tournament was one of the most entertaining 7on7 competitions this state has seen. With so much action witnessed, it would be wrong to not give out awards.
Here are the Texas Redzone Report 7v7 Tournament awards:
Player of the Tournament: Sammy Blair
Biggest Upset: Rowlett over Desoto
Best Game: Austin Westlake 40 Manvel 34 2OT in the D1 State Championship