If there was one observation that could be made at Day 1 on the Houston Texans 7-on-7 football tournament, was that the teams from Houston ISD were ready to play. With that said, it was the host team, Chavez, beating out another District 20-5A team Bellaire in the championship game.
By the rules set by the 7-on-7 board, both Chavez and Bellaire have earned a spot at the state-qualifying tournament in July in College Station. From start to finish, this was a dogfight in that both teams matched up well and trading scores became the norm in the game. But in the end, it was an interception returned for a touchdown by Chavez's Joseph Udeh to seal the 49-43 win for the Dogs.
For the Lobos, it was the Andre Kelly-to-Jafus Gaines duo that seemed to give the Cardinals a bit of trouble. But Bellaire would go away quietly.
Even more so, the Cardinals led at the half 32-22. That was mainly because quarterback Adrian Nelson was going on an air assault, connecting with Derwyn Jones the most.
Late in the second half, Gaines stepped out for a few series, but the Lobos did not slow down their attack. Kelley hooked up with Charles Allison, Traymond Brown, and Mark Cole to keep the game close.
Bellaire also had some solid play offensively by Derwyn Lauderdale and Chris Hensley.
Chavez 41, Channelview 0
While there was clearly too much Nelson-to-Gaines touchdowns happening, the Dogs' defense pitched a shootout. The defense, led by safety Roland Veal, caused several turnovers and even scored some points defensively.
Bellaire 43, Spring Westfield 28
Nelson and Jones became a regular occurrence and the Cardinals seemed to have their way in this one. The Mustangs, led by quarterback Jacoby Walker, put up a good fight, but it was too late as Bellaire advanced with the win.
Stay tuned as TPI brings you more coverage from Day 2 at Reliant Stadium 7-on-7 play.
Blue Dogs take the crown at Texans bubble