Cougar 7-on-7 finds success in summer league play
This offseason, the Rosebud-Lott Cougars football team hosted a 7-on-7 football league. However, instead of hosting the games at home, the league had decided to host the tournament in Chilton due to heavy rain and poor weather conditions that occurred during and after the Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout the regular season, the Cougars finished with a 3-1 record. They finished in the top two in order to qualify for a state title run. The Cougars earned their way into a tournament playoff pool by getting a winning record of 2-1, allowing them to finish second in the pool and begin play in the round of 32.
The Cougars first playoff opponent was against the Albany Lions in the first round, as they defeated the Lions 26-21 to advance to the second round. Rosebud-Lott’s next matchup would be against the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs that consisted of a field of 16 teams competing. They would defeat the Bulldogs 13-0 to advance in the round of eight. The Cougars next matchup was the Daingerfield Tigers. They were tied with the Tigers 6-6 with a minute left in the game, but they lost in a heartbreaker as a Tigers player caught a tipped ball in the end zone for a touchdown to give Rosebud-Lott the loss 12-6 in the round of eight.
Coach Brandon Hicks believes this was good sign of what the future can hold for his team. He feels that this was good a way to get some valuable reps and postseason experience and that the success they had in the league can hopefully lead to positive things as they get ready for the upcoming season starting in August.
Hicks also believes that the players in this 7-on-7 league can make valuable contributions to the team this year. Hicks was also very pleased with the support they received from the community as the team currently had no playoff contention in a 7-on-7 league since 2010 and have not won a state title during the school year since 2002.