Mission Sharyland and Somerset Advance to State 7 on 7

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CORPUS CHRISTI - The Mission Sharyland Rattlers made it two years in a row qualifying for the State 7 on 7 Tournament at the Calallen SQT on Saturday. Sharyland went unbeaten through pool play and held off a tough challenge from tough luck Laredo United 32-20 to punch their ticket to the State Tournament. The Rattlers rotated signal callers throughout the day as Diego Chrysler and Lance Madden both led an efficient attack that averaged 35 points per game on the afternoon. Laredo Guerra and James Cole were two way standouts that were key factors as well for the Rattlers. Sharyland opened the day with an impressive 56-7 win over Victoria West, but they had to fight hard in their next two games, wins over Alice and Harlingen South.
Somerset had to fight through Pool C which had plenty of balance, so much so that after two rounds of play all four teams held 1-1 records. The Bulldogs dropped their opener to Mercedes but bounced back to win their next two games over Mission Veterans Memorial and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff. By virtue of their win over Veterans, Somerset moved on from Pool C with a 2-1 record. In the semi-finals the Bulldogs jumped all over Port Lavaca Calhoun leading 27-6 at the half and they cruised to a State Tournament spot beating the Sandcrabs 43-24. QB Koy Detmer Jr. lead the Somerset offense which was brutally efficient, Rocky Reyna and Justin Guerra were two of a bevy of receivers who had good days for the Bulldogs.
Laredo United for the second week in a row advanced to the semi-finals of a State Qualifier only to see their hopes dashed. Mercedes, had been unbeaten in league play and non-qualifying play up to this weekend lost their first two 7 on 7 games of the summer in pool play. Corpus Christi Carroll also had some tough luck losing their first two pool games by a total of seven points before winning their final game over Weslaco. Flour Bluff's Jalen Campbell still recovering from a knee injury looks to be close to 100% and should be full strength for the Hornets season opener.
Calallen SQT Scores
Port Lavaca Calhoun 33 Corpus Christi Calallen 22
Edinburg Vela 26 San Antonio Warren 6
Corpus Christi Calallen 28 Edinburg Vela 27
Port Lavaca Calhoun 32 San Antonio Warren 13
Corpus Christi Calallen 41 San Antonio Warren 20
Port Lavaca Calhoun 42 Edinburg Vela 21
Laredo United 49 Corpus Christi Carroll 47
Victoria East 46 Weslaco 28
Victoria East 25 Corpus Christi Carroll 18
Laredo United 53 Weslaco 41
Corpus Christi Carroll 27 Weslaco 20
Laredo United 25 Victoria East 20
Mission Veterans 50 Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 34
Mercedes 40 Somerset 33
Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 24 Mercedes 20
Somerset 39 Mission Veterans 34
Somerset 33 Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 28
Mission Veterans 38 Mercedes 12
Harlingen South 20 Alice 12
Mission Sharyland 56 Victoria West 7
Mission Sharyland 18 Alice 13
Harlingen South 20 Victoria West 13 OT
Alice 31 Victoria West 26
Mission Sharyland 34 Harlingen South 26
Mission Sharyland 32 Laredo United 20
Somerset 43 Port Lavaca Calhoun 24