The 2002 Spring Tournament was played in bitter cold the weekend of March 2-3, 2002. Although the sun came out at mid-day on Saturday, temperatures remained low and a strong wind made play challenging.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, eleven teams took to the field to compete in round robin play on Saturday followed by a single elimination tournament on Sunday. In the A division, the McAllen Colors disposed of all competition to go undefeated at 4-0. The Houston Daredevils also completed a clean sweep in the B division ending the day at 5-0.
On Sunday, Timberline and Daredevils met in the B division championship game. The teams traded scores until a 60 year interception return by #22 David Messa of the Daredevils broke the game open. The Daredevils went on to win the game 20-7 for the $500.00 cash prize and their first Texas Tournament Series win.
In the A division, Back in Stride beat Class Act 6-0 to take third place. The championship game between McAllen Colors and Houston Sleepers proved to be an exciting match. Colors QB Tuffy Martinez and Sleepers QB Derrick Calvin moved their teams but neither could score. Colors drove inside the Sleepers 20 yard line twice but key interceptions by #10 Felton Greer and #00 Byron Burnett in the end zone turned back the Colors offense. The only score of the half came late in the first half on a 50 yard bomb from Calvin to Burnett. The Sleepers missed their conversion and the score was 6-0 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams continued to move the ball but neither could score. At the beginning of plays, Sleepers had the ball and appeared to be on their way to the win. However, on play three, #3 Rolando Escobedo intercepted the ball on the Colors 20 yard line. Colors moved the ball to the Sleepers 20 yard line in three plays. A penalty forced Colors back 10 yards and they faced play seven at thirty yards out. A hail mary pass into the wind fell short and the Sleepers claimed a 6-0 victory and the $500.00 cash prize.
Thanks to all the teams who came our and endured the weather!