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Late kickoff return for TD lifts Colleyville Heritage over Hebron
Hebron grabs lead with 2:30 left, then 97-yard touchdown wins it
GRAPEVINE — Just when Hebron looked like it scored the game-winning touchdown with two minutes left, Colleyville Heritage turned in its own miracle when Nolan Brown returned the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and a 37-34 victory Friday night at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Dezmond Wortham had given Hebron (0-1) a 34-30 lead with 2:30 left on a 5-yard touchdown run, but Brown one-upped him for Heritage (2-0) when he took the kickoff at his 3, stumbled after breaking through a line of tacklers before finding open field and the end zone.
After Heritage’s go-ahead score, Hebron drove to the Heritage 30 before linebacker Christian Gonzales picked off a pass to preserve the victory.
Hebron had one more possession with two seconds left after a Heritage punt, but a long pass fell incomplete.
Late in the third quarter, Colleyville Heritage’s defense stopped a potential go-ahead touchdown for Hebron on fourth-and-inches at the goal line, then the offense embarked on a 99-yard drive for a score early in the fourth quarter.
The goal-line stand that led to a 30-21 lead for Heritage was the defense’s second in as many series, but the first one ended with a touchdown to give Hebron a brief 21-17 lead late in the third quarter.
Heritage needed that extra touchdown, because two plays after the kickoff, Hebron responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Andrew Guerrero to Kiante Griffin to close the gap to 30-28 with 8:58 to go in the game.
Guerrero replaced starter Joe Farley, who walked off the field with an injury early in the fourth quarter.
Wortham finished with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Cody Thomas completed 32 of 49 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for Heritage. Davey Krieghbaum caught seven passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns for Heritage.