Written by SportsDayDFW.com
No early exit this time as Highland Park routs The Colony, 38-17
ALLEN — Last year, Highland Park fell in the bi-district round of the playoffs to a run-first Frisco team. This year, it faced another run-first team, The Colony, in the same round.
History wouldn’t repeat itself.
Highland Park scored on all but two of its drives as it coasted to a 38-17 victory at Eagle Stadium.
Highland Park (10-1) will play Kimball (7-4) in the area round on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
“A lot of these guys played in [the Frisco game],” Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. “As soon as that game was over, we started thinking about this year. We wanted to win this year.”
Highland Park scored on the game’s opening drive, then stopped The Colony on fourth down and forced a fumble, allowing it to jump to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Colony cut the lead to 10 by halftime, thanks to running back Khalil Banks, who caught a screen pass and avoided two defenders for a 45-yard touchdown.
But when The Colony got the ball to start the second half, it punted after three plays. On Highland Park’s next drive, running back Cole Feigl took a handoff to the left and jetted past everybody for a 43-yard touchdown to put Highland Park ahead 24-7.
“[Offensive lineman] Tony Richards, big boy, I call him my brother, he had a fantastic block,” Fiegl said. “He held him up straight and that just gave me the leverage I needed, and I shot to the outside and it was there.”
Feigl finished with 151 yards and two touchdowns.
The Colony put together one of its best drives of the game on its next possession, driving to the Highland Park 22, but faced a fourth-and-1. Highland Park’s Tanner Houghton then broke through the line and tackled Banks for a 4-yard loss.
Highland Park responded with a touchdown to remove any doubt from the game.