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COLLEGE STATION — The Burnet High School 7-on-7 varsity football team advanced to the Division II championship bracket of the Rivals.com state tournament Friday after a 2-1 pool record a day earlier.

However, a 35-12 loss to Wimberley in the first game of bracket play sent the Bulldogs home.

“Wimberley had some really good athletes and what they were doing was working,” incoming senior quarterback Weston Cozby said via text. “That was us (Thursday).”

Cozby said he was happy with the performances in pool play. Burnet crushed Boyd 53-25 and St. Andrew’s 38-12 before falling to La Villa 27-18.

“We played great our first two games,” Cozby said. “We just couldn’t get it together (Friday) morning.”

The quarterback said he could have performed better during bracket play. Still, there’s plenty of reasons to be encouraged.

“This team is young but come this season, we will be ready for sure,” he said. “This will only make us better. I have to get rid of the ball when I’m supposed to, reading defenses and don’t throw across my body.

“Seven-on-7 isn’t easy, you know?” he added. “I have four seconds to throw, and they have four seconds to get open. It’s a challenge for both of us.”

The state tournament taught several of his teammates how to handle adversity.

“I think they learned you have to overcome stuff in hard times and learned how to get open and learned a lot about receiving and defending,” he said. “We’re a young team but with pads on, it’s not going to matter that we’re young. For these young guys, I hope this was a good experience for them.”

He credited his teammates for displaying the characteristics that can’t be taught.

“They had the fight in them,” Cozby said. “They cared, and I’m happy to be these guys’ quarterback.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com