Colleyville Heritage overcame a 14-point deficit less than six minutes into the game before rolling to a 41-24 victory over Tascosa in a 5A Division I regional semifinal at Memorial Stadium.
Tascosa (10-3) stunned Heritage early, when Tayden Barnes raced 57-yards on their third play from scrimmage, setting up a five-yard score from Treshun Rush. Heritage’s next drive netted just four yards before Tascosa’s Hudson Farris blocked a punt, recovered in the Colleyville Heritage end zone by Keeven Ledoux.
Heritage defensive lineman Quinn Korinek provided perhaps the key play of the game with a momentum-changing fumble recovery in the Tascosa end zone to pull them to within 14-7. Special teams also provided a boost when Christopher Knight partially blocked a Tascosa punt, leading to the second of Bryan Hansen’s field goals and Heritage’s first lead, 20-17, midway through the third quarter.
Backup quarterback Luke Ullrich contributed to Heritage’s (12-1) resurgence with 163 yards and two scores including an 11-yard pass to Isaac Shabay to pull within 17-14, then a 16-yard run to provide Heritage with their first comfortable lead of the game, 27-17, on the first play of the fourth quarter. Freshman running back Riley Wormley scored two rushing touchdowns in the final four minutes to seal the victory.