CARROLLTON — Backup running back Jamal Adams scored on a 30-yard run with 1:06 left to propel Hebron to 30-23 nondistrict victory over Keller Fossil Ridge on Friday night at Hawk Stadium.
Fossil Ridge (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, thanks in part to two costly penalties, while the win was the first of the season for Hebron (1-2).
The Fossil Ridge offense struggled in the first half after scoring 109 points in its two wins. Hebron held the Panthers to just 104 yards.
Hebron gained 238 of its 274 yards on the ground, with Treyvon Hughes (30 carries for 168 yards) doing most of the damage.
Fossil Ridge quarterback Jacob Gnacinksi completed 15 of his first 20 passes after intermission, threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brigston Dage and rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough. Receiver Ryan Parker shined, catching 10 passes for 121 yards
The game got off to an unusual start, with teams exchanging kickoff returns for touchdowns. Fossil Ridge’s Parker returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, faking a handoff before making his way up the left sideline. Hebron’s Adams then outdid Parker, returning the Fossil Ridge kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown without a Panthers player laying a hand on him.
Two illegal blocking penalties cost Fossil Ridge two more return touchdowns in the first half. Parker returned a punt 75 yards for a score, but it was called back. A Nolan Lee interception return for a touchdown was also negated by a penalty, but the turnover set up the Panthers at the Hebron 32. Fossil Ridge turned the opportunity into a 25-yard field goal by Cody Seidel.
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