For the second straight week in a row, El Campo’s seven-on-seven squad finished a State Qualifying Tournament (SQT) 1-2.
Unlike West Columbia a week ago, El Campo’s first game was much closer. In the West Columbia SQT, El Campo was blown out by Wharton in their first game. Saturday in Rockport to open up the SQT, they played a closer game with George West. In the middle game with Jourdanton, El Campo had the halftime lead, but ended up falling by two points.
El Campo wrapped up their Saturday morning by pouring on the offense and scoring 42 points on Ingleside.
El Campo managed one win but of the eight teams that took part in the Rockport SQT, they had the third highest total points scored during pool play with 88 points scored in three games.
Incoming senior Clay Jung was El Campo’s only quarterback. Jung pulled double-duty as a linebacker patrolling the middle of the field on defense, rarely getting breaks.
On the offense side of the ball, incoming junior Charles Shorter showed out making catches and shaking defenders. Shorter who was a 1,000 rusher for the Ricebirds as a sophomore, caught many passes and was able to gain yards after the catch.
The highlight of the day was against Ingleside when El Campo completed a hook and ladder for a touchdown. Jung hit incoming senior Cade DuBroc over the middle who tossed it to Shorter on the outside. No one was even close to him and he streaked into the end zone.
Against Jourdanton in the second game, El Campo took a 19-14 lead into halftime. Incoming junior Nathan Willis caught a touchdown from Jung to open up the second half. Jourdanton fired back with three straight scores to pull ahead.
Trailing 36-27, Jung hit incoming freshman Ruben Owens for a touchdown, Shorter capped off the drive catching the extra point play. El Campo’s defense stiffened and gave the ball back to the offense, but with seconds left on the clock, they weren’t able to get into the end zone and fell by two points.
El Campo’s seven-on-seven squad will be back in action this Saturday as they take part in the Needville SQT.
El Campo will play Needville, Bay City and Hamshire-Fannett.
El Campo already owns one win over Bay City during the seven-on-seven SQT season, beating them in overtime two weeks ago.