There won’t be any celebrating at Whataburger tonight for Colleyville Heritage.
Euless Trinity, the No. 3-ranked 6A team in the area, scored on its first four drives of the game then hung on to beat the Panthers 35-28 in its home opener Thursday at Pennington Field.
Heritage defeated Trinity last season 31-14 to snap a nine-game losing streak in the series. It was such a big win that students celebrated and were removed at the Whataburger off Glade Road.
The Panthers nearly made the comeback on Thursday after trailing 28-7 before scoring late to make it a one-possession game.
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Trinity (3-0) led 28-21 with 7:54 to go before embarking on a 12-play 66-yard drive that lasted over five minutes. Malcolm Washington scored his third TD of the night from 6 yards with 2:30 to play.
Washington picked up eight on a third-and-4 and quarterback Laki Ellis gained two yards on a fourth-and-2 that kept the drive alive.
Heritage (1-2) quarterback Trey Flint scored from the 1 with no time left.
The Trojans opened the game with a seven-play, 75-yard drive. AJ Barnett scored on an 18-yard touchdown run. Trinity scored 14 points in six seconds after Heritage couldn’t field the ensuing kickoff and Washington scored on a 17-yard run on the very next play.
Washington, who scored the game winner last week vs. Sachse, added a second TD from 5 yards with 3:11 left in the first quarter. The drive was highlighted by Ellis’ 53-yard pass to Joe Henderson.
Cooper Roe got the Panthers on the board with a 1-yard TD run to start the second quarter.
Ellis hit Keanu Hill for a 7-yard TD pass to give Trinity a 28-7 lead at the 9:34 mark.
The Panthers cut it to 28-21 after Flint threw TD passes to Chad Turner for 11 yards and Texas A&M commit Kam Brown for 19 on third-and-12 with eight minutes remaining.
Trinity rushed 36 times for 198 yards. Washington had 15 carries for 110 yards. Barnett added 13 carries for 71 yards.
Heritage ran 81 plays for 437 yards, including 188 on the ground. Flint went 21-of-35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He led the team with 59 yards rushing on 16 carries.
But the Panthers spoiled opportunities. On their first drive they turned the ball over on downs after 11 plays. Their only drive in the second quarter lasted over seven minutes on 20 plays.
Heritage went 79 yards to the 1. Sacks by Shamar Morton and Soti Leota forced the Panthers to a fourth-and-goal from the 18 before a missed 35-yard field goal.
Trinity will look to go 4-0 when it hosts Tyler John Tyler, 7 p.m. on Sept. 21. Heritage looks to get back to .500 when it starts district in two weeka against Carrollton Newman Smith, 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the season opener at new-look Mustang-Panther Stadium.