Written by Tommy Cummings
Colleyville Heritage, QB Cody Thomas dominant in 20-2 win over Duncanville
DUNCANVILLE — Cody Thomas lived up to his billing as one of the state’s premier quarterbacks, but the Colleyville Heritage defense also brought the heat Friday night.
Thomas passed for 265 yards, and Colleyville Heritage’s defense kept Duncanville out of the end zone in a 20-2 season-opening victory at Panther Stadium.
Thomas, a senior who has committed to Oklahoma, shook off a first-quarter fumble that accounted for Duncanville’s points and led No. 8 Colleyville Heritage on scoring drives of 86, 81 and 73 yards.
The Colleyville Heritage defense gave up 177 yards but was just as effective. A unit that returned only four starters bent but never broke as it coped with Duncanville senior quarterback Aaron Piper’s shifty feet.
Piper rushed for 54 yards and was Duncanville’s primary offensive threat.
Duncanville got the crowd, already anxious from the 93-degree heat, on its feet early. Running back Jaquan Cole swept right and ran 51 yards for an apparent touchdown. However, a penalty — one of seven in the first half by Duncanville — wiped out the play.
Duncanville drove to the Colleyville Heritage 29 before Piper was sacked on third-and-9.
Thomas spread the ball around to seven receivers. Daniel Farrington had four catches for 92 yards and Nathan Crouch had five for 71 yards, including a 7-yard scoring catch in the second quarter.
Connor Davis, who switched from being an all-district receiver to a running back, had scoring runs of 3 and 11 yards. He finished with 58 yards rushing.
Thomas, who threw for 36 touchdowns last season and is rated the second-best senior quarterback in Texas by Rivals.com, wasn’t flawless.
On the second play of Colleyville Heritage’s first possession, he mishandled the snap and fumbled the ball out of the end zone with 5:49 showing in the first quarter.