Highland Park quarterback Brooks Burgin threw for 339 yards and five touchdowns and the Scots blanked Mansfield Legacy 48-0 in a Class 4A Division I regional round game Friday at AT&T Stadium.
Highland Park (12-1) will meet Wylie (9-4), which beat Dallas South Oak Cliff, in the state quarterfinals next week at a site and time to be determined.
Legacy (10-3) faced an uphill battle with running back Kijana Amous coming back from an ankle injury and starting quarterback Terrance Ivery out with a broken leg, suffered in the first quarter last week against McKinney North.
Throw in a stout Highland Park defense and it made for a long day for the Broncos.
“They won the battle up front and we couldn’t move the football,” said Legacy coach Chris Melson, whose team rushed for 604 yards last week, but only 18 yards on 27 carries against Highland Park. “I don’t know if we made five first downs today… Their defense beat our offense today.”
The Broncos wound up with four first downs and 95 yards of total offense. Amous finished with 7 yards rushing on five attempts and Kenton Mayberry, who ran for 347 yards last week, had 8 yards on six carries against Highland Park.
“Our defensive staff had a great plan,” Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. “We didn’t give them any big plays and kept them bottled up.”
The Legacy defense played well early, forcing a fumble, a punt, and a 39-yard field goal by Will Sanders on the Scots’ first three possessions.
But Burgin took over from that point.
“Our defense played awesome for a quarter-and-half, but we just got tired,” Melson said. “We couldn’t get first downs.”
Legacy’s best scoring chances came following a fumble recovery by Taaj Bakari that ended Highland Park’s first series at the Scots’ 31, but four plays netted a 1-yard loss, and the Broncos turned the ball over on downs.
Late in the third quarter the Broncos drove from their own 20 to the Scots’ 41, but again lost the ball on downs.
Filling in for Ivery, Legacy junior quarterback Sheldon Hogan threw for 77 yards, but was limited to 1 rushing yard on 10 carries.
“He did a great job, but it’s just a lot to take in for your first start, and it’s here,” Melson said. “I’m proud of Sheldon.”
Legacy finished with its best record in school history in the team’s second playoff appearance since starting varsity play in 2008.
“This team played great for a long time,” Melson said. But the injury bug kind of got us here at the end.”