The Ellison varsity 7-on-7 squad got the best of the Killeen All-Star team on the first day of the inaugural Killeen Texas Scholarship Showdown.
But the All-Star team turned the tables on the second day, beating Ellison not once but twice Saturday, including in the championship game to take the 7-on-7 title at Leo Buckley Stadium.
And in a strange twist, it was a former Eagle playing a key role in the championship game, as Trent Jones quarterbacked the All-Stars to victory in the final game.
“The told me they needed a superstar,” Jones said with a smile, “so I came.”
Jones, who will play at Southwestern Assemblies of God this fall, didn’t play with the All-Stars the first two games but stepped in to toss five touchdowns in the championship game.
And Jones and one of his favorite targets at Ellison — Hayward Clay, who will play receiver at West Texas A&M — actually seemed to relish the opportunity to go up against their former Eagle teammates.
“We had to put them in their place,” Clay said.
“Keeping them humble and keeping them hungry,” Jones added.
Of course, there was also gamesmanship on the part of the current Eagles, who said Jones wasn’t the reason they lost.
“They studied our plays,” sophomore quarterback Carl Robinson III said. “We couldn’t break them.”
Former Killeen receiver Devyn Williams nabbed an interception in the championship game, one of two by the All-Star team, in addition to hauling in a touchdown pass from Jones.
Williams said lining up next to Clay and catching passes from Jones was strange at first.
But like the two former Eagles, the former Roo said that, overall, it was a fun experience.
“It was a little weird just because we’re rivals,” said Williams, who will play at Oklahoma Panhandle State. “But we’re all friends outside of football, so it was pretty cool just seeing what could’ve been.”
In the end, everyone — from the champions to the runner-ups — was simply happy for the opportunity to play competitive football at the Showdown, presented by the Killeen-Fort Hood Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.
“It felt good,” Jones said. “It was fun. I just came here and just played football, the game I love.”