Hal­tom ral­lies past He­bron, keeps its dream season alive

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - High Schools - BY DARREN LAUBER [email protected]­gram.com

Hal­tom was at­tempt­ing to set a record for the fur­thest it had ever ad­vanced into the foot­ball state play­offs, but did Cin­derella’s slip­per fit af­ter its Class 6A Di­vi­sion II re­gional-round game against He­bron on Satur­day?

Quar­ter­back-Michael Black made sure it did.

Black ac­counted for 402 of the Buf­fa­los 505 to­tal yards with four rush­ing touch­downs as Hal­tom ral­lied for a 41-30 win at Apogee Sta­dium.

Hal­tom (13-0) has reached the quar­ter­fi­nal round for the first time and will face Amar­illo Tas­cosa (10-3), a 43-34 win­ner over Mans­field Lake Ridge, on Satur­day at Jones AT&T Sta­dium in Lub­bock with the time to be de­ter­mined. Hal­tom last reached the re­gional round in 1993.

Hal­tom started slowly, fum­bling its sec­ond snap of the game which was re­cov­ered by He­bron’s Alex Day at the Buf­fa­los 24 yard line. Four plays later He­bron quar­ter­back Car­son Har­ris ran it in from 2 yards out to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first quar­ter.

Fol­low­ing a Hal­tom punt, the Hawks took 10 plays to cover 78 yards capped by a Har­ris 15-yard TD run. The point af­ter was missed, but He­bron’s lead grew to 13-0 with 2:46 left in the open­ing frame.

Black and the Hal­tom of­fense woke up af­ter that, scor­ing on its next three pos­ses­sions.

Big pass plays set up short touch­down runs, all by Black, of 6, 1, and 1 yards. Black rushed for 191 yards on 28 car­ries and com­pleted 11 of 16 passes for 211 yards.

A 24-yard pass from Black to Ju­lian John­son on a 3rd-and-7 from the He­bron 30 set up the first score. That was fol­lowed up by a 38-yard Black-to-Jace Wash­ing­ton con­nec­tion that set up Black for a 1-yard TD run to cut He­bron’s lead to 16-13 with 4:11 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Hal­tom de­fen­sive back Keyon Shan­non’s first of two first-half in­ter­cep­tions gave the Buffs the ball at their own 32. A 40-yard re­cep­tion and tough run­ning by John­son set Black up for an­other one-yard scor­ing run that gave Hal­tom its first lead at 20-16 with 1:20 left in the first half.

Mid­way through the third quar­ter, with the Buf­fa­los lead­ing 27-23, Hal­tom line­backer Gavon Lange force a fum­ble that was scooped up at the He­bron 18 by Ja­hari Wil­liams and re­turned for an ap­par­ent touch­down. The play was nul­li­fied by a con­tro­ver­sial penalty, but the play seemed to spark Hal­tom.

He­bron (8-5) was later forced to punt and on the en­su­ing play Black broke through the line and raced 90 yards down the left side­line to up the lead to 34-23 with 2:46 left in the third quar­ter.

“It def­i­nitely fired us up,” said Black of the nul­li­fied touch­down. “It got our de­fense rolling and, vice versa, got us rolling on of­fense too.”

Two sec­ond-half scor­ing runs by Hal­tom’s Ken­neth Cormier and strong de­fen­sive play by the Buf­fa­los kept He­bron at bay.

Cormier rushed for 104 yards on 17 car­ries with TD runs of 21 and 2 yards.

Game was over when: Fol­low­ing Black’s 90-yard scor­ing run, He­bron went three and out on its next two se­ries. Af­ter the sec­ond punt, the Hal­tom of­fense took nearly five min­utes off the clock capped by a two-yard Ken­neth Cormier scor­ing run. The play gave Hal­tom a 41-23 lead with 2:59 left in the game.

STEVE NURENBERG Spe­cial to the Star-Tele­gram

Hal­tom quar­ter­back Michael Black gets a rush­ing touch­down against He­bron line­backer Carter Nor­rie on Satur­day in the 6A Di­vi­sion II re­gional play­off game at Apogee Sta­dium in Den­ton.

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