GRAPEVINE — Colleyville Heritage retains bragging rights for another year.
On the strength of two punt returns and a break-out performance by senior wideout Brett Bofinger, the Panthers beat rival Grapevine 41-7 on Friday night in a District 6-5A game at the facility the schools share, Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Bofinger sparked Colleyville (3-2, 1-1) with six catches for 123 yards, including a second-quarter catch-and-run touchdown of 43 yards. Bofinger, a star last year, missed the first three games this season with a broken collarbone. In his return last week against Euless Trinity, he caught only one pass for 2 yards.
Grapevine (0-5, 0-2) struggled on offense. The Mustangs averaged only 2 yards a play, finishing with 104 yards total offense.
The Panthers took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of two punt returns.
Eleven plays and three minutes into the game, Jacob Sisk fielded a bouncing Grapevine punt. He got to a wall of Heritage players on the right sideline and motored in for a 55-yard touchdown.
Ten plays and three minutes later, Ryan Phillippe fielded a booming punt, bobbled the ball, picked it up, and broke free up the middle for an 83-yard touchdown.
Sisk had another big play in the third quarter, making a diving interception on Grapevine’s first possession of the second half. Running back Demarco Corbin converted the turnover into points seven plays later, scoring on a 6-yard run.
Heritage pulled away with two more touchdowns in the third quarter. On fourth-and-inches, quarterback Griffin Pickler broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run. On Colleyville’s next possession, Pickler threw a 28-yard TD pass to Cody Butler.
Pickler sat out the fourth quarter but still piled up strong stats. He rushed seven times for 54 yards and a score, while completing 12 of 20 passes for 202 yards and two TDs.
Grapevine scored on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Sam Barry threw a 6-yard TD pass to the versatile Austin Parker.
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