The Mansfield Summit Jaguars came into their 5A Region 1 playoff game against Colleyville Heritage with extra motivation considering they lost to the Panthers in a 35-34 thriller earlier this season. They avenged their early season loss to the Panthers on Friday night at Birdville Stadium with a 21-9 victory.
"I know a lot of people had them to win and they did a great job, we did a great job too. We got good young men here at Summit High School. I'm so proud of them and they deserve everything they get, because they are grinders. It puts these kids in a positive light and that's all that matters to me." Summit head football coach Channon Hall
Summit was led by senior Quarterback David Hopkins Jr, who had 143 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdown passes to Bryan Spotwood Jr that were the difference in the game. "We knew coming into the week it was going to be a tough team. They got us the first, we weren't going to let them take the district and the regional championship, so we had to get it in, go hard, and fight for one another."
The Jaguars did most of their damage on the ground led by senior Running Back Keon Hobbs. Hobbs rushed for 81 yards and the game sealing 18-yard touchdown run. While Spotwood was the leading receiver with 3 catches for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Colleyville Heritage outgained the Jaguars 353 to 260 yards. Led by Quarterbacks Luke Ullrich who threw for 204 yard and Weston Smith who threw for 51 yards. Their favorite targets were Mason Murdock and Hogan Wasson. Murdock led the Panthers in receiving with 6 catches for 85 yards. Running Back Isaac Shabay was the Panthers leading rusher with 70 yards. Heritage defensive standouts were Linebacker Christopher Knight, Cornerback Dylahn McKinney (Oklahoma State commit), and Safety Parker Roe. Kicker Bryan Hansen scored all of the Panthers points with 3 field goals from 28, 23, and 44 yards.
The Jaguars had 4 interception that kept the Panthers out of the end zone. Defensive Backs Ahmaad Moses (2), Tavare Smith Jr, and Linebacker Johnny Everitt picked off Panther passes. While the defensive line and linebackers applied pressure to make Colleyville uncomfortable all night.
Moses was excited about sealing the victory with his second interception, "It was good when I caught it, just knowing it was the game sealer right there. I told Coach Hall when we lost to them the first time we lost to them that we were going to get them when it mattered and we did."
Summit (11-3) will move on to face an undefeated College Station (14-0) team that just took down #1 Denton Ryan Friday night. Knowing the Jaguars they wouldn't have it any other way.