The Hebron Hawks JV football teams have won the majority of games against the JV Wildcats in the recent past, and as the fourth quarter wound down it looked like the 2012 game could be a win for the Wildcats JV. But with 1:07 remaining on the clock, the JV Hawks pulled into a lead that the Wildcats couldn’t break.
The game started with a kickoff to Plano which was returned to the Plano 20. Wasting no time, on the second play of the drive #28 Dearion Johnson ran 78 yards down field for a Wildcats JV touchdown. The PAT kick by #96 Colton Gier was good, and with 9:09 left in the 1st quarter Plano was up 7-0. #96 Gier then kicked into a heavy wind, and the Hawks fumbled the return and Plano recovered, putting them back on offense on about the Hebron 30. Barely a minute later QB #22 Jonathon Lara put the ball in the air into the reliable hands of #42 Colby Cantu who scored Plano’s second TD. The PAT was good, and still early in the 1st quarter the Wildcats JV were up 14-0. The Hawks used the rest of the quarter to turn on its offense, and closed with two TD and but only one good PAT. The score at the end of the 1st quarter was Wildcats 14, Hawks 13.
In the 2nd quarter #22 Lara lead another scoring drive in the air, this time connecting with #16 Nathan Nguyen for a TD, followed by another good PAT. The Hawks responded with a field goal, and the teams went to the locker room at the half with the Wildcats leading 21-16.
Plano kicked off with the wind to open the 3rd quarter, and Hebron burned 6 minutes off the clock moving upfield against the wind before fumbling on the Plano 5 yard line. Plano took over, but was unable to immediately capitalize on the Hebron error, and the teams exchanged possessions for the rest of the 3rd quarter and well into the 4th quarter in a defensive grind.
With five minutes left in the game, the Hawks started an offensive drive from their own 30 yard line with the wind at their backs, and scored a TD on a short running play with 1:07 remaining on the game clock. The Hawks were successful with a two-point play and lurched ahead of the Wildcats 24-21. Into the wind, the Wildcats couldn’t make the end zone in the time remaining and the JV Hawks extended their winning streak against Plano.
Unofficial Offensive Stats: Passing – #22 Lara, 3 of 6 for 56yds and 2 TDs, #27 Matt Keys 0 for 3; Receiving – #42 Cantu 1 catch for 30yds and 1 TD, #16 Nguyen 1 for 15yds and 1TD, #17 Philipp Moeller 1 for 11yds; Rushing – #28 Johnson 17 carries for 191yds and 1 TD, #22 Lara 2 for 11yds, #4 T.J. Lee 3 for 8yds; Kicking/Punting – #96 Gier scored 3 PATs and punted 3 times for a 28yd average.
Unofficial Defensive Stats: Sacks – 1, shared by #75 Kaleb Watkins and #44 Austin Davis; Tackles – #43 Tucker Polacia (6), #2 Christian Klien (5), #25 Marquis Hodge (4), #16 Nguyen (4), #21 Ryan Grambow (4), #52 Austin Pugh (3), #50 Jake Eckeberger (3), #10 Jason Lee (3), # 4 T.J. Lee (3), #12 Neema Behbahani (3) ,#44 Davis (3), # 74 Caleb Yale (2), and the following players were credited with 1 each: #75 Watkins, #56 Lior Vansteenkiste, #29 Tomas Venegas, #8 Wykeel Wiley, #7 Romelo Bougere and # 11 Jason McNeely; Fumble Recoveries – 1 each by #9 Colton Pusateri and #44 Davis; Pass Break Ups – 1 each by #9 Pusateri, #43 Pollacia and #21 Grambow.
Odds & Ends: Plano rushed for 210yds and passed for 56; fumbled twice and lost both; 3 penalties for 18 yards.