Since the beginning of the Texas State 7-on-7 tournament, Arlington Lamar has advanced to the state tournament every year. Prior to the Midlothian SQT this past Saturday, the Vikings had failed to punch their ticket to College Station.
The stakes at Midlothian couldn't have been higher.
Lamar advanced to the semi-finals after finishing pool play with a 3-0 record which included a come from behind win against Rockwall. Standing in the Vikings way of reaching the state tournament was Desoto, who was also a constant in state tourneys and like Lamar, had failed to advance to the state tournament.
After trailing in the first half, Lamar staged a giant comeback late in the second half with a strong defensive effort and the arm of 2016 quarterback Shane Buechele to help the Vikings win with a score of 38-20.
Buechele knew his team had a strong tradition to keep alive.
"Going into the tournament it was kind of a big deal so we had to do something," he said. "We had to do something in this tournament and I'm happy we did."
Sweetening the win for Lamar was the fact that beat another strong squad in Desoto. Displaying strong poise and leadership, Buechele never looked rattled and the young gunslinger relishes the comeback opportunities.
"It felt good, especially being down at half," he said of his team's win over Desoto. "It's crazy; I love games like that when you have to come back and the pressure is kind of on me. I love doing that. Coming back from adversity, I think we do it better than any other team."
"The latest offer was OU; I've just been keeping in touch with the coaches and trying to get more," he said of his recruitment.
TCU was one of the first programs to offer Buechele as he was one of several talented players who attended the Frogs first ever sophomore day last month. At the moment, Buechele likes everything he sees in the Frogs' program.
"I really like TCU; I like the coaching staff there with Coach Cumbie, Coach Patterson; everybody. They're real with me and tell me how it is," he said. "I feel real comfortable around the whole coaching staff. Everything about the school just fits well together. I like the campus a lot, it's a little campus which I like and the facilities are probably the nicest I've seen."
Buechele is hoping to attend the Frogs' last camp of the summer next month.
"I'm supposed to go up there on the 18th but I may be out of town," he said. "I'm supposed to be back in town on the 20th but I may come back early so I can attend that camp."