Grapevine arrived a tad late for its big social function of the fall season, but after settling in the Mustangs were ready to dance.
Down two scores midway through the first quarter, Grapevine scored six of the game’s next seven touchdowns in a 49-34 victory over archrival Colleyville Heritage on Friday, thrilling the home crowd at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
The victory snapped Heritage’s six-game winning streak in the Battle for the Red Rail against the Mustangs.
Just as important, the victory kept alive Grapevine’s District 8-5A championship hopes after a loss last week to district front-runner Richland.
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The Mustangs and Panthers are 4-1 in district, though Grapevine (7-1) now holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over its Grapevine-Colleyville school district peer. Heritage fell to 5-3.
The Mustangs couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start in giving up a 62-yard touchdown pass-and-catch from quarterback Cam Roane to Ke’von Ahmad on the third play of the game. Heritage went up 13-0 after an interception set up a touchdown.
But Grapevine junior quarterback Alan Bowman ran for two touchdowns — on 2- and 3-yard runs — and passed for two others. He found sophomore David Clayton on a 15-yard fade late in the first half and Dylan Gonzales from 12 yards out during the Mustangs’ 42-6 scoring run.
Senior running back Zach Wolf was a big part of the surge, as well, rushing for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a 44-yard game-clincher at the 2:03 mark.