Chapel Hill rallies to finish 3-0 in Division II pool play


LEANDER — Chapel Hill did not need to win its final game in pool play after already qualifying for the Division II championship bracket. The Bulldogs trailed Wimberley 27-13 with 10 minutes to play.

No one would disparage Chapel Hill for accepting the runner-up spot from its pool to get out of the heat and begin resting up for today’s single-elimination play.

Chapel Hill quarterback Andrew Black and his mates proved otherwise, rallying for 21 unanswered points to defeat Wimberley 34-33.

It gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 afternoon Thursday at the Adidas 7-on-7 State Championships at Southwest William-son County Regional Park. Chapel Hill defeated Dublin (41-20) and Port Isabel (33-6) in its first two games.

“Last year during football season we were really young and no one had varsity experience, so coming here gives us that experience at a premier level,” said Black, who threw two touchdowns and caught two more in the win over Wimberley.

It proved to be a good day all around for East Texas with four of the six qualified teams finishing first or second in their pool to move into the championship bracket of the Division II tournament.

Gilmer went unbeaten in its pool, with White Oak and Canton finishing second, in their respective pools.

Only two ET teams will play more than one game today, however, after the draw for the championship bracket delivered Gilmer against White Oak and Chapel Hill against Canton. Both games will take place at 9 a.m. at Southwest Regional Park.

Carthage and Wills Point will compete today in the consolation bracket. Carthage faces Abilene Wylie at 8 a.m. with Wills Point set to battle Kaufman at the same time.

Chapel Hill, which alternated quarterbacks using Black and Konnor Hitchcock, made quick work of Dublin before displaying its defensive prowess in the win over Port Isabel.

The Bulldogs intercepted four passes while Gabriel Robinson and Deundra Phillips took turns catching balls from Black in the end zone. Chapel Hill led 20-0 at halftime and cruised through the second half with Black providing the final TD on a pass from Hitchcock.

Wimberley also won its first two games, so both teams were qualified for the championship with the final game to determine the first or second seed from Pool M. Black did not waste any time delivering Chapel Hill’s intentions, hooking up with Phillips for a 40-yard scoring strike on the game’s opening play.

A Hitchcock TD pass to Black made it 13-7, followed by an interception of Wimberley’s QB by Sammy Guzman.

That was the last time Wimberley was held down until late in the second half, when the Texans scored on two straight drives to build a 27-13 lead. Facing certain defeat, Chapel Hill got its spark on defense when Gabrielle Robinson picked off a pass. The Bulldogs used that momentum to produce back-to-back scoring drives and tie the game on a 40-yard bomb to Black from Hitchcock.

Another defensive stand gave Chapel Hill the opportunity to take the lead, and Black delivered a 25-yard strike down the sideline to an uncovered Reggie King.

“We usually run that play with hitches, so I decided to change it up with dig (routes),” Black said of the final TD pass. “The corner bought on the dig and the safety did too, so it was a Christmas present (for King).”

Wimberley had a chance to answer back and did, but decided to go for 2 points and the win. Guzman intercepted his second pass to seal first place in the pool.

Canton quarterback Chandler Eiland almost single-handedly secured a 3-0 finish for the Eagles, throwing two touchdown passes in the first half of their final game against East Bernard before returning an interception for a TD in the second half.

A late comeback by East Bernard denied the Eagles in a 21-20 loss.

“Last year we did really well, making it to the Elite 8, and it’s kind of hard to follow that, but we’re happy with (today),” Eiland said. “We are just real excited to be in the championship bracket.”

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Adidas 7-on-7 State Tournament

At Southwest Williamson County Regional Park,

Leander

Today’s Schedule

Division II Bracket Play

Consolation bracket play begins, 8 a.m.

Championship bracket play begins, 9 a.m.

Consolation championship, 3 p.m.

Championship bracket championship, 4 p.m.

Division I Pool Play

Pools A-H: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. (Lufkin, John Tyler)

Pools I-P: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. 6 p.m. (Robert E. Lee, Whitehouse, Longview)

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Saturday’s Schedule

Division I Bracket Play

Consolation bracket play begins, 8 a.m.

Championship bracket play begins, 9 a.m.

Consolation championship, 3 p.m.

Championship bracket championship, 4 p.m.

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Division II

Thursday’s Pool Play Results (ET Only)

Pool B: White Oak 43, McGregor 33; White Oak 47, Crane 28; FW All Saints 41, White Oak 20. White Oak finishes second in pool.

Pool D: Navasota 64, Wills Point 13; Ingleside 30, Wills Point 27; Coleman 52, Wills Point 14. Wills Point finishes fourth in pool.

Pool E: Canton 41, Alpine 31; Canton 27, Glen Rose 13; East Bernard 21, Canton 20. Canton finishes second in pool.

Pool J: Gilmer 27, La Marque 14; Gilmer 20, Rockdale 6; Gilmer 39, Wellington 12. Gilmer finishes first in pool.

Pool M: Chapel Hill 41, Dublin 30; Chapel Hill 33, Port Isabel 6; Chapel Hill 34, Wimberley 33. Chapel Hill finishes first in pool.

Pool N: Carthage 32, Gatesville 0; La Grange 38, Carthage 27; Sonora 21, Carthage 20. Carthage finishes third in pool.

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Today’s Championship Bracket Schedule (ET Only)

Round of 32

White Oak vs. Gilmer, 9 a.m. (Field 2B)

Canton vs. Chapel Hill, 9 a.m. (Field 5B)

Consolation Bracket Schedule (ET Only)

Carthage vs. Abilene Wyle, 8 a.m. (Field 7)

Wills Point vs. Kaufman, 8 a.m. (Field 4)

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Division I Pool Play Schedule (ET Only)

Pool D (Field 4)

1 p.m.: Katy vs. Lufkin; Arlington Lamar vs. Cedar Hill

3 p.m.: Cedar Hill vs. Lufkin; Arlington Lamar vs. Katy

5 p.m.: Arlington Lamar vs. Lufkin; Cedar Hill vs. Katy

Pool F (Field 6)

1 p.m.: John Tyler vs. Midlothian; Hebron vs. Houston Lamar

3 p.m.: Hebron vs. John Tyler; Houston Lamar vs. Midlothian

5 p.m.: Houston Lamar vs. John Tyler; Hebron vs. Midlothian

Pool I (Field 1)

2 p.m.: Weslaco vs. Whitehouse; Cy Ranch vs. Plano West

4 p.m.: Plano West vs. Whitehouse; Cy Ranch vs. Weslaco

6 p.m.: Cy Ranch vs. Whitehouse; Plano West vs. Weslaco

Pool O (Field 7)

2 p.m.: Longview vs. SA O’Connor; Carrollton Creekview vs. Cinco Ranch

4 p.m.: Carrollton Creekview vs. Longview; Cinco Ranch vs. SA O’Connor

6 p.m.: Cinco Ranch vs. Longview; Carrollton Creekview vs. SA O’Connor

Pool P (Field 8)

2 p.m.: Plano East vs. Robert E. Lee; Cy Falls vs. DeSoto

4 p.m.: DeSoto vs. Robert E. Lee; Cy Falls vs. Plano East

6 p.m.: Cy Falls vs. Robert E. Lee; DeSoto vs. Plano East