Written by Tommy Cummings
Coppell uses clock-draining drives to keep Hebron's offense on sidelines
COPPELL — Coppell coach Joe McBride knew the key to winning was keeping Hebron’s offense off the field.
That’s exactly what his team accomplished in the third quarter Friday night when Coppell, No. 6 in the SportsDayHS area rankings, defeated No. 15 Hebron 24-14 in the District 5-5A opener for both teams.
“We knew we had to grind the ball and chew the clock up, especially in the third quarter when we were going against the wind,” McBride said.
In that pivotal third quarter, Coppell (4-1) had the ball 20 of 25 plays and methodically marched 73 yards in 13 plays to score a touchdown and take a two-score lead.
Brandon Rice’s five-yard run and Adam Centers’ extra-point kick with 34 seconds left in the third quarter put Coppell up 24-14.
After that, Hebron (3-3) threatened only once, driving to the Coppell 37 early in the fourth quarter before quarterback Carson Proffitt fumbled after a hard tackle by defensive tackle Chris Biggurs.
“After that,” Hebron coach Brian Brazil said, “they just continued to move the ball. Bottom line: In the second half, they controlled the football game.”
Running back Charles West led Coppell’s 201-yard rushing attack with 122 yards. Treyvon Hughes countered with 122, including a 71-yard second-quarter run.
Coppell took advantage of a Hebron mistake to score first.
On fourth down, the snap sailed high over Hebron punter Joel Carlos’ head and he recovered on the 10.
Two plays later, Coppell quarterback Skyler Bonneau darted through the Hebron defense to score. Centers’ extra-point kick made it 7-0 with 5:30 showing in the first quarter.
Hebron tied the score on its next possession. Proffitt hit Jamal Adams in stride for a 75-yard score.
Coppell responded on its next series, scoring on the last play of the first quarter when Bonneau connected with running back West over the middle for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
With no Hebron defender within 10 yards, West scored. Centers’ point-after kick made it 14-7.
Hughes turned in the game’s longest play minutes later, racing 71 yards to the Coppell 4. Two plays later, Adams scored on a three-yard run. Carlos’ extra-point kick tied it for the final time.
On Coppell’s final drive before halftime, Hebron drew three major penalties on defense. Coppell ended up taking the lead for good on Centers’ 29-yard field goal as the half ended.
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