ROCKPORT—Pleasanton fell excruciatingly short of a return trip to the 7-on-7 state tournament.
Goliad topped the Eagles 34-27 at the Rockport-Fulton state qualifying tournament Saturday, clinching a state bid while keeping Pleasanton on the outside.
The Tigers added a touchdown as time expired—no extra point was attempted—after clinging to a one-point lead. Pleasanton had a score called back on the previous possession before an interception gave the ball back to Goliad.
The Eagles appeared to take a 33-28 lead after a TD pass from Johnny Zamora to Dalton Hobbs, but Pleasanton was flagged for a false start, negating the play. The Tigers picked off Zamora on the replayed down.
The Eagles matched up against Goliad after winning their pool earlier in the day. Pleasanton beat Ingleside (35-26) and Freer (47-7) to advance to the tournament semifinals. The Tigers bested George West and Taft to win their pool.
Host R-F qualified for the state tournament as well, beating pool-winner La Feria in the semifinals.
Pleasanton missed out on a chance to secure its second consecutive trip to state. There is still time to qualify for the state competition in College Station June 22-23, but the Eagles are not expected to participate in any other qualifying tournaments.