High School Football

Azle uses quick power offense and home crowd to stifle Colleyville Heritage

Azle quarterback Drey Owen, right, in action earlier this season against Brewer, and the Hornets fell to Lubbock Coronado 41-34 Friday in the Class 5A Division I area playoffs.
Azle quarterback Drey Owen, right, in action earlier this season against Brewer, and the Hornets fell to Lubbock Coronado 41-34 Friday in the Class 5A Division I area playoffs. Special to the Star-Telegram

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.

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