The Pettus Eagles played host to the first 7-on-7 football tournament of the summer on Saturday and made it to the semifinals before bowing out to a tough George West Longhorn squad 21-19.
The Longhorns went on to match up against Yorktown in the finals Saturday evening and the Wildcats escaped with a 27-20 overtime win to claim the tourney title.
“I was happy with the way our guys competed. They showed good teamwork and excellent execution at times,” said PHS head coach Steve Marbach, who was an interested observer to Saturday’s tourney.
“It was a good start to our summer season.”
In pool play on Saturday morning, Pettus defeated Woodsboro A team 34-0 and then dealt the Skidmore-Tynan B team a defeat by the same score. The Eagle squad then tied Yorktown 20-20 in an extra game due to one school not able to bring a second squad.
The quarterfinals in the afternoon championship bracket had the Yorktown Wildcats defeating Runge and the George West Longhorns taking care of S-T. Ben Bolt beat Woodsboro A team while the PHS Eagles defeated Stockdale 33-21.
The semifinals had the Wildcats beating Ben Bolt while the ‘Horns took care of the Eagles.
The championship final had the Wildcats facing off against the Longhorns and it went down to a 20-20 game at the end of the regulation time limit. The Yorktown squad scored the only touchdown in the overtime period to earn the title 27-20.
“It was a great way to start the summer, and we plan on doing it again next year,” Marbach said at the day’s end.
Pettus will be playing in the Sinton League this summer. Play begins there on June 9 and the Eagles will travel to Woodsboro for a tournament on June 13. Play at Sinton begins at 5 p.m. with teams set for three games a night.