In a great day of pool play on Saturday, the game of the night belongs to the 12U North Houston squad vs Lousiana. Louisiana has perhaps the fastest player at the showcase, responsible for the majority of the points and yards.
Xavier Owens was the workhorse for North Houston as he punched the ticket on a handful of tough first down runs, including two touchdowns. It was tied at 12-12 in the 4th when North Houston went for it on 4th and 15. Out of a pass play from a quads formation with the receiver scoring on a seam up the middle. The game was full of wowing runs, crunching hits, and good ol' fashioned healthy trash talk. Wow, what a classic to wrap up 12U pool play and the first day of action.
After holding Central Texas scoreless in the first quarter in 7U play, it didn't take long for South Houston to rev up their track meet style system. Speed left and speed right, and 3 plays later their blazing back Dillon Mitchell breaks a 50 yarder untouched to pay dirt. The momentum continued into special teams as South Houston covered well and continued to hit hard following their touchdown.
Mitchell scored right before the half on an overload quarterback keeper from 15 yards out after a 4th down defensive stop. That enabled South Houston to take a 12-0 halftime lead. South Houston put the nail in the coffin with another speedy run to make the game 18-0. Central Texas scored a late touchdown to show some fight but it remains South Houston advancing to the 7U championship!
What an incredible showdown between the two young teams in the 7U Division. Both teams were huge, fast, and physical. There were tons of exciting long runs ans big hits but neither team could find pay dirt in the first half. On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter North Houston had three different ball carriers slicing through the defense setting up a beautiful play action pass that went for six points. On the extra point the giant 7u quarterback trucks his way into the end zone a 7-0 lead.
To add to the excitement North Houston recovers an onside kick to really put pressure on Fort Worth and on the very next play speedy running back "Tutu" Williams goes 50 yards for the score out running three defenders to make it a 13-0 final. Both teams battled the rainy weather all 4th quarter but its North Houston that moves on to the championship game, making it an all Houston affair.
The 10U San Antonio All Stars brought plenty of "Outlaws" to the event and their familiarty to each other as players from that outstanding organization became an obvious advantage. Employing their air raid offense against a very athletic Central Texas team proved to be no problem as they cruised to an 18-0 win.
San Antonio's players were extremely experienced at the skill positions. They were led by Outlaws quarterback, Chad Warner who led his spread offense like a veteran an impressive win. He showed a lot of poise, helping his squad earn a birth in the 10U championship.
In a widely anticipated match up between two of the best 5 running backs in the State of Texas, they did not disappoint. Houston goes deep on the first play and is intercepted at the 50. On the very next play, San Antonio stud, Carson Green takes a cutback all the way to the house on his first touch. Green got loose again for a 70 yard td that was unfortunately called back by a holding penalty. At the half, Houston was still down 6-0 due to their inability to open holes for Xavier Owens against the dominant defensive line of San Antonio.
Into the 4th quarter both teams create havoc for the other with some of the most physical trench play of the day. Still 6-0 late in the fourth quarter Houston takes a quarterback scramble and subsequent pass to Owens picks up 30 yards and takes them down to the 13 yard line with a minute and thirty seconds on the clock. Owens scores with one minute left on an inside run to tie the game. The potential game winning extra point was stopped short on an inside run and the game heads to overtime.
In fact the game goes into its third overtime after trading scoreless punches in the first 2. In the third OT on 4th down San Antonio scores on a play action pass to go up 12-6, and get the 2 point conversion. 14-6. On 4th and 1, San Antonio stops the mighty Xavier Owens to move onto the championship!