Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Hebron holds off late Plano comeback, 31-24
Three-touchdown lead nearly disappears in the fourth quarter
CARROLLTON — Surely, Hebron would pull away, right? The Hawks were ahead of Plano by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. A comfortable victory seemed a sure thing.
But as they have done all year, the Hawks took the interesting route, defeating Plano, 31-24.
In five games, Hebron (4-1, 2-0 District 8-5A) has yet to play one that was decided by more than seven points.
On Friday, it seemed as though it would break the streak. After Jamal Adams’ 99-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter, Hebron led 21-7.
But after going up 31-10 in the fourth, Hebron started imploding. Defenders stopped tackling and started getting whistled for major penalties. Plano (3-2, 0-2) scored two quick touchdowns — both on runs by Rakeem Crawford — turning a laugher into a drama.
“It’s just the ebb and flow of the game,” Hebron coach Brian Brazil said.
The game flowed just enough back into Hebron’s control.
The Hawks sealed the victory on a third-and-long shovel pass from Joseph Farley to Dezmond Wortham.
Farley, who threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another, couldn’t quite explain the averted meltdown.
“I don’t know, sometimes it happens,” he said. “You just have to fight through it.”
Last year, Hebron lost to Plano in a game that would end up costing the Hawks a playoff berth.
This time, Hebron earned a major victory, even if it wasn’t as easy as it could have been.