CARROLLTON — Colleyville Heritage punched its ticket to the postseason Thursday night, thumping winless Carrollton Turner 70-13 at Standridge Stadium.
The Panthers (7-2, 5-1 District 6-5A) scored with ease against the Lions (0-9, 0-6), lighting up the Standridge Stadium scoreboard in pinball fashion. The victory clinches a playoff spot for Heritage, and sets up a potential showdown for second place in 6-5A next week against Hurst L.D. Bell (6-2, 4-1), which plays Irving Nimitz (3-5, 2-3) today.
Bell will have plenty to worry about with the Panthers, who rolled up 531 yards of total offense and didn’t miss a beat with the starters on the bench after halftime.
Heritage scored the first six times it had the ball, jumping out to a 42-0 lead with 5:16 left before halftime. Were it not for a 70-yard Turner scoring drive against the Heritage reserves late in the second quarter, the Panthers’ defense would have allowed only 27 yards in the first half.
Panthers quarterback Griffin Pickler, who didn’t see the field after halftime, threw for four touchdowns, completing 13 of 16 passes to nine receivers for 277 yards. Receivers Brett Bofinger and Ryan Phillippe, who scored two touchdowns apiece, were also among the starters on the sideline in the second half.
Heritage started the onslaught on the second play from scrimmage with Phillippe scoring on a 40-yard reception. After Turner’s second three-and-out, Phillippe took a Turner punt 68 yards to make it 21-0 just seven minutes into the game.
Quarterback Carlos Ramirez and running back Brutus Walters accounted for almost all of Turner’s 193 yards of offense, including scoring drives of 70 and 75 yards.
After halftime, backup quarterback Clayton Oliver took over for Heritage and finished off a pair of Panthers’ drives with touchdown runs of 9 and 1 yards. Cody Butler led Heritage receivers with 104 yards on just three catches, and Jarod Henderson caught three for 74 yards and a score.
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