After missing last year’s State 7-on-7 Championships at College Station, Gatesville returned Thursday, winning its pool to advance into today’s Division II championship bracket.

The Hornets defeated Levelland 44-28 before falling to Brazosport 34-26. Gatesville rebounded with a 58-25 victory against Carthage, which placed second in the pool.

The Hornets open play today at 9 a.m. against Lexington.

Salado fell into the Divison II consolation bracket after going 1-2 in its pool.

The Eagles sandwiched a 27-12 loss to East Bernard and a 34-22 loss to Andrews around a 27-20 victory against Crandall. The showing placed Salado third.

The Eagles will begin their run to a consolation title at 8 a.m.

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