Running back Billy Copeland III had two scores and rushed for over 200 yards as Azle defeated Colleyville Heritage 52-20 on their home field Friday night in a bi-district playoff game.
The Azle offense totaled 379 yards on the ground as the Hornets jumped out quickly when Nicky Quevedo converted on a 38-yard field goal before Peyton Vaughn’s 3-yard score, giving them a 10-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Copeland’s 7-yard touchdown run extended the lead, but Colleyville Heritage senior quarterback Trey Flint scored on a 6-yard run to make it 17-6.
Azle quarterback Drey Owen then found Dave Johnson on a 56-yard strike to increase the lead to 24-7 before Flint’s 2-yard scamper pulled Heritage to within 24-13 at the half.
Azle took over on both sides of the ball in the second half as its defense shut down the Heritage offense. Heritage’s only score came on a Hogan Wasson 3-yard interception return late in the third quarter.
Vaughn scored on a 27-yard run and Owen connected on a 23-yard TD pass to Eric McCallister as Azle took a 39-20 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, backup quarterback Cullen Furr added to the stat sheet with a 4-yard run before Copeland scored again on a 4-yard run.
Game was over when: Azle’s defense shut out Colleyville Heritage in the second half, increasing an 11-point halftime lead.
Play of the game: Johnson’s 56-yard touchdown pass from Owen, giving Azle a three-possession lead.
Offensive player of the game: Copeland rushed for over 200 yards and two scores.
Unsung hero of the game: Colleyville Heritage quarterback Trey Flint, who ran for two first-half touchdowns.
What’s next? With the victory, Azle now will travel to face Lubbock Coronado. The time, date and site have yet to be determined.