Written by Michael Florek
Colleyville Heritage's defense -- not offense, star QB Cody Thomas -- steals show in 35-14 win vs. Flower Mound
BEDFORD — For all the gaudy numbers the Colleyville Heritage offense put up in its first three games, scoring 109 points, the most impressive stat line may have come from its defense in Friday night’s 35-14 win over Flower Mound at Pennington Field.
Three red-zone stops, three fourth-down stops, one interception, one 99-yard touchdown.
Twice in the first half, Flower Mound entered the Heritage red zone. Twice the Jaguars went for it on fourth down and twice the Colleyville Heritage defense held.
The first stop came in the first quarter with Colleyville Heritage (3-0) leading, 7-0. On fourth-and-4 from the Heritage 18, a Heritage safety bumped the Flower Mound receiver, knocking the pass incomplete.
Flower Mound coach Dane Johnson thought the play was pass interference, gave the official his thoughts, and was given a 15-yard penalty. Heritage used the enhanced field position to drive down the field for another score. Flower Mound would never be within 14 points again.
“When we see our defense do something like that, it gets us all fired up and makes us want to do something big to go right back it,” Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas said.
The Jaguars’ next failed fourth-down red-zone attempt came near the end of the half, from the Heritage 8-yard line. Again the defense held.
Thomas and running back Connor Davis used the stops to build a 21-point lead going into the half.
Thomas, an Oklahoma pledge, went 22-of-36 for 278 yards. Davis scored all three Panthers touchdowns in the first half and finished with 73 yards.
“Our biggest thing that we talk about all the time is just play the next play,” Colleyville Heritage coach Mike Fuller said. “When it’s going on, you don’t know how big the play is until the game is over.”
Flower Mound (2-1) never brought the game closer than two touchdowns in the second half. As the Jaguars tried to pull within 14 for the second time, Heritage linebacker Austin Pettyjohn intercepted a quick pass and went untouched for a 99-yard return that sealed the game.
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