Competing at the Division II Texas 7-on-7 Championships for the first time, the Columbia Roughnecks’ run came to an abrupt end Friday morning.
Pleasant Grove scored to break a 34-34 tie with less than a minute remaining to win 40-34 and send the Roughnecks home in the first round of Championship Bracket play at Veterans Park and Athletic Conference in College Station.
“The guys played their best game of the tournament,” Columbia coach Calvin Ward said. “We only got stopped one time offensively. Unfortunately, we only stopped them once.”
Most of the Roughnecks’ touchdowns came from Cameron Ward to Jalen Austin. Ward said the two connected quite a few times.
“We were able to throw the long ball on them quite a bit,” Ward said.
Pleasant Grove led 26-21 at halftime and the Rougnecks outscored the Hawks, 13-8, to tie the game at 40 with time winding down.
“They made it 46-40 and the extra point was no good,” Ward said. “We got the ball and got one play in and it was over.”
Pleasant Grove went on to lose the Division II championship game to Sunnyvale, 34-27.
Thursday in pool play, the Roughnecks went 1-2, losing 41-20 to Dumas and 28-7 to Midlothian Heritage before defeating Rio Hondo, 26-20.
“The guys were disappointed,” Ward said. “They hoped to do a little better, but I told them it was the first time in school history to make it to the 7-on-7 tournament. It is a great venue, but that is not the end goal. Obviously the preparation is for August.
“We saw a lot of good things and a lot of things we have to work on. They have a good opportunity to do some great things this year.”