QB passes for 7 TDs as Colleyville Heritage handles Irving Nimitz

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Griffin Pickler wasn’t perfect Friday night.

But the Colleyville Heritage senior quarterback wasn’t far off.

Pickler passed for 381 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 55-3 victory against Irving Nimitz at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Colleyville Heritage improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in District 6-5A.

Most of the Panthers’ offensive fireworks came in the first half when Pickler completed 16 of 20 passes for 361 yards and six touchdowns. Those throws went to seven different receivers, including scoring passes of 19 and 37 yards to Jackson Zeledon, who had four catches for 82 yards.

A fumble recovery with 8:45 left in the second quarter gave the Panthers a first down at the 46 of Nimitz (3-5, 2-3) and led to a 34-yard pass from Pickler to Trey Smith, who had four catches for 86 yards, for a 20-3 lead.

Another of Pickler’s big-play targets was Brett Bofinger, who had three catches for 111 yards. He turned a short catch into a 63-yard score and a 34-3 lead. Bofinger also had a 32-yard sideline grab to set up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Pickler to Kevin Salinas on the final play of the first half. The Panthers led 41-3 at intermission.

Pickler, who completed 18 of 24 passes, capped his night with a 4-yard toss to Justin Toberny in the third quarter to extend the lead to 48-3. Colleyville Heritage finished with 497 yards of total offense and 18 first downs.

The Vikings scored early in the second quarter when Ben Gasca kicked a 23-yard field goal to cut the Panthers’ lead to 7-3.

Mark Eugene paced the Nimitz offense with 81 yards rushing. Nimitz had 18 first downs and 235 yards of offense but lost three fumbles.

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