On an already hot day, the Lufkin Panthers’ offense turned up the heat to punch a ticket to the state 7-on-7 football tournament. After going 2-1 in pool play to clinch a spot in the semifinals, Lufkin’s offense was nearly unstoppable as it raced to a 62-55 win over St. Pius.
With the win at the SQT (State Qualifying Tournament), the Panthers punched their ticket to the state tournament, which will be held at College Station’s Veterans Park and Athletic Complex on July 8-9. Beaumont West Brook, which beat Atascocita 49-47 in the other semifinal, also punched its ticket to the state tournament. The Panthers’ offense had a strong showing throughout the day as it opened the day with a 43-19 win over Lehman. Lufkin followed that with its only loss of the day, a 41-34 setback to College Station. The Panthers followed that with a 60-28 win over New Caney.
That 2-1 record left Lufkin as the second-place team in Pool A, trailing undefeated College Station. However, since College Station had already clinched a spot in the state tournament last week at the Texas A&M SQT, Lufkin moved on as the Pool A representative. The Panthers made the most of the opportunity by outlasting a previously undefeated St. Pius team in the semifinal. Since Lufkin and West Brook had already clinched a spot at the state tournament, no championship game was played. Following is a list of Saturday’s scores of games that were played at Lufkin’s SQT.
Lufkin 43, Lehman 19; College Station 41, New Caney 18; College Station 41, Lufkin 34; New Caney 56, Lehman 19; Lufkin 60, New Caney 28; College Station 40, Lehman 7. College Station 3-0; Lufkin 2-1; New Caney 1-2; Lehman 0-3.
St. Pius 37, Huntsville 8; Willis 26, Rudder 0; St. Pius 36, Willis 33; Huntsville 35, Rudder 0; St. Pius 22, Rudder 7; Willis 30, Huntsville 6. St. Pius 3-0;Willis 2-1; Huntsville 1-2; Rudder 0-3.
Longview 50, Houston Christian 6; West Brook 35, Montgomery 24; Montgomery 34, Longview 20; West Brook 45, Houston Christian 25; West Brook 34, Longview 24; Houston Christian 35, Montgomery 27. West Brook 3-0; Longview 1-2; Montgomery 1-2; Houston Christian 1-2. Pool D
Pine Tree 25, Lindale 12; Atascocita 39, Porter 1; Porter 21, Lindale 18; Atascocita 48, Pine Tree 26; Atascocita 34, Lindale 20; Porter 52, Pine Tree 7. Atascocita 3-0; Porter 2-1; Pine Tree 1-2; Lindale 0-3.
Lufkin 62, St. Pius 55; West Brook 49, Atascocita 37.