COLLEGE STATION – The Wildcat 7-on-7 football team went 1-2 on the opening day of pool play in the Division I State Tournament.
Temple opened with a convincing 37-27 win over Garland Sachse but dropped their next two contest against El Paso Parkland and Richmond Foster
Temple will play in the consolation bracket on Saturday with their first game at 8:00 am against Spring Westfield. Should the Wildcats win, they will advance to play the winner of Larado United and Abilene at 10:15.
The championship game of the consolation bracket is scheduled for 2:30 pm.
In their opener against Sachse, Temple took a 14-7 lead into the half. And early in the second half, touchdown passes from Jared Wiley to KD Freeman and Anthony Jackson extended the Wildcat lead to 26-7. Sachse rallied to make it close, however, a final Wiley to Nathan Garcia TD pass with 2:40 left sealed the 37-27 victory.
Against Parkland, Taliq Armstrong opened the contest with a pick 6 for the Wildcats on the first play of the game to give Temple a 7-0 lead. Both teams traded leads in the first half with Parkland taking a 19-14 lead into the half on a touchdown pass on the final play of the half.
Temple answered on the first drive of the second half with another Wiley to Garcia TD giving the Wildcats a 21-19 lead. Following a Parkland touchdown, Wiley found Vance Willis on a long over the shoulder touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 28-25 lead with 11:00 left to play.
Temple found themselves trailing 37-28 with less that 2 minutes to play but got a touchdown followed by a defensive stop to breath life into the Wildcats hopes trailing by a score of 37-34 with less than a minute left. Unfortunately, Wiley’s final three attempts to the endzone were unsuccessful, with his final pass being returned for a Parkland touchdown on the final play of the game. Final score was 44-34 Parkland.
Wiley found Garcia once again to open the scoring in their final game against Richmond Foster to give the Wildcats an early 6-0 lead and lead 13-7 at the half. However, the offense could not find their rhythm in the second half as the Wildcats fell by a final score of 27-13.