DENTON — Colleyville Heritage lost its second consecutive game to open the season, 35-14 to Denton Guyer, in a nondistrict football game Thursday that was secondary to the reason many gathered at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
The Panthers joined hands with their foes to mourn the loss of Guyer senior running back Nathan Maki, who was killed over the weekend in what law enforcement officials have called an accidental shooting in Montague County.
Players from both teams gathered at midfield during a prolonged moment of silence preceding the game between the Panthers, who wore Makis No. 33 on their helmets, and the defending Class 4A Division I state champs.
Team captains carried Makis jersey to midfield for the coin toss, and Tyler Smith, who scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to open the scoring, ran to his friends parents to present them with the shirt.
We told them we care about them, said Heritage coach Mike Fuller, of his teams message to Guyer. Our hearts and prayers have been with them throughout the week.
I cant imagine going through that.
The Class 5A Panthers followed a 28-point loss to Duncanville in the opening week of the season with another tough assignment against one of the best in Class 4A.
Guyer used its talent and the uncommon emotion following the death of its friend to ultimately carry the day on the field.
Led by its quick and strong-armed quarterback Jerrod Heard, a Texas commitment who led his team to the state championship less than a year ago, the Wildcats ran off 21 unanswered points in the second half after Heritage tied the game early in the third quarter on DeMarco Corbins second touchdown run, a 4-yard dash.
Guyer stuffed Heritage the rest of the way, holding the Panthers to 8 yards in the final 20 minutes.
Heard had 134 yards rushing on 21 carries and 135 passing and two touchdown throws, including one to fellow senior D.J. Breedlove, the Wildcats running back who also had two rushing touchdowns.
Breedloves 6-yard run broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter. He also had a 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Breedlove accounted for 131 total yards from scrimmage, including 87 rushing.
We just arent good enough yet, Fuller said. We quit making first downs and that was the difference.
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