Courtesyof Adi Bryant 1 - The overall No. 1 team was Red Oak high school. The massive hawk-tunnel hybrid design may not seem too big in the photos, but the district decided to show us first-hand the immensity of the tunnel, which comfortably parks a Jeep Commander inside it.
Courtesy 2 - The Warriors with their Florida State Seminoles inspired helmet decoration pulled in the No. 2 overall seed, and top honors in a very exciting Western Region.
Kelley Chinn - Special Contributor 3 - The Jaguars helmet is a perfect match with the navy and grey the players wear as they storm onto the field.
Corbett Smith 4 - Stormy the Mosquito, the beloved mascot of the Mesquite Skeeters, is different in that it isn't actually a run-through, but just a giant inflatable. Regardless, the giant mosquito won the hearts of fans to be the top seeded team in the east.
David Just 5 - Horn's Jag tunnel is a simple design, but whatever magic it works has helped the team come roaring onto the field each week. Fans gave this tunnel some love during the initial round en route to a No. 5 seed and automatic qualification.
Mark M. Hancock - 6 - AHMO's pirate skull, the reigning champion from 2012 has a pretty deep hole to dig out of if it expects to repeat. A No. 6 overall seed upon entering the tournament, Wylie has its work cut out for it.
Javier Ybarra/ 7 - The Mustang Corral is another one of the automatic qualifiers that really has shown an element of creativity with the standard tunnel design. Will it have what it takes to advance to the Elite 8 though?
Joel Prince 8 - The Panthers are back in business after a respectable first round of fan voting to secure a No. 8 overall ranking. This will pit them with a mid-cities neighbor to the north in the Sweet 16.
Michael Ainsworth - The Dallas Morning News 9 - Two different sections of the bracket have automatic qualifiers facing each other due to the 1-10 ranks, and Trojan Pete will have to pull the narrow upset to move into the Elite 8.
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor 10 - The lowest ranking team of the automatic qualifiers is the Allen Eagles run-through. Perhaps the fans didn't come out to the polls right away during the opening round of votes, but it is now the chance for Allen to soar in the bracket.
Courtesy 11 - Guyer's Wildcat was the fan write-in candidate from the opening round, and as such gets the rough geographic placement in the bracket. This happens in March when basketball teams get placed on opposite coasts, and in the Inflatable Sweet 16, it has happened again.
Courtesy One of the favorites from last year's inflatable tournament got a new facelift for 2013, adding some silver to the color scheme. While the early fan vote was not friendly for the Eagles, Prosper nation came out big in the play-in round, landing it in the Sweet 16.
DMN file photo 13 - The Owl, which was a relatively late newcomer in 2012 after being unveiled during the season is back in the tournament again. The 30-plus foot wingspan makes the inflatable intimidating and artistic.
Kevin Moore 14 - The TOI Eagle is back again, but it faces an uphill battle against Mesquite. Like in 2012, Rowlett is hanging by a thread in Inflatable Mania.
By Tom Fox - Staff Photographer 15 - The colorful tiger head was another deep runner from the 2012 tournament, but it will now have to continue its run of luck from the play-in round if it hopes to keep advancing.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor 16 - Sneaking in just ahead of Duncanville in a tightly contested play-in round was Arlington Bowie's BBAW helmet. It will be paired with the No. 1 overall Red Oak in this round of the tournament.
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