Colleyville Heritage defensive end Kadin Richards stopped a Mansfield Summit two-point conversion try with 1:44 left in the game to preserve a 35-34 win in what was arguably the District 4-5A Division 1 championship game on Friday night at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Colleyville Heritage (6-1 overall, 4-0 district), No. 2 in the Star-Telegram Class 5A rankings, looked like it might run away with the game after scoring 21 unanswered points in the second quarter.
Summit (4-3, 3-1), No. 3 in the S-T 5A poll, had taken a 14-7 lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Keon Hobbs from 5 yards out and a yard away. Those were sandwiched around a 21-yard scoring pass from Panthers’ quarterback Weston Smith to freshman Braden Blueitt.
On the first play of the second quarter Isaac Shabay scored on an 18-yard run down the left sideline. The teams traded punts before Smith found Mason Murdock down the left hash for a 24-yard score to take a 21-14 lead.
The Panthers forced another Summit punt which Hogan Wasson hauled it in at Heritage 43 then raced down the right sideline for a 57-yard score.
Jaguars’ quarterback David Hopkins gave Summit a spark right before halftime. Hopkins guided the Jaguars on an 8-play, 75-yard drive with runs of 13, 14 and 24 yards before capping the march with a 27-yard TD run to cut the lead to 28-21 at intermission.
The teams traded interceptions to start the third quarter with Heritage’s Jordan Springer making an incredible catch to pick off a Summit pass. The Jags’ Tavare Smith returned the favor two minutes later, with an interception in the end zone to kill a CH drive.
Summit linebacker Maruio White pounced on a Heritage fumble at the Jaguars 40 yard line on the Panthers’ ensuing series. The play set up a 49-yard touchdown run by Orlando Scales to tie the game at 28 with 1:02 left in the third quarter.
Colleyville Heritage wasn’t deterred. Smith hit Blueitt, who made a terrific catch on the sideline, for a 40-yard gain. The play set up a 1-yard TD run by Luke Ullrich with 9:57 left.
Summit forced a Heritage punt with 3:06 left that Ahmaad Moses returned 20 yards to midfield. Four plays later Hopkins hit Kerya Powell with a 27-yard touchdown pass to set up the deciding two-point conversion try.