Heath loses playoff heartbreaker in last minute to Sherman, 28-25

DENTON – Senior Heath quarterback Cody Court scored on a two-yard run with 1:25 left on the clock to give the Hawks a 25-20 lead, but the Hawks’ vaunted defense was unable to hold Sherman, which scored a game-winning TD on a 31-yard pass from Gus Daniel to J.T. Luper with just 35 seconds left in the game, to win 28-25.

The loss, played on a cold, windy night at the University of North Texas stadium, ends Heath’s highly-successful 11-2 season. Sherman (9-3) advances to play Tyler John Tyler next week which squeaked by District 10-4A champion Highland Park Friday, the only other team to beat Heath this year, 42-39.

The loss was a huge heart-breaker for Heath which actually led 19-0 with seven seconds left in the third quarter, after Amaris Fields caught a 14-yard TD pass from Court and Ethan Smith nailed a PAT.

But suddenly, a huge Sherman rally began, when Ryan Reid raced 92 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff just as the third quarter ended. After Heath block the PAT attempt, the score stood 19-6.

The fourth quarter was all Sherman’s, however, as they came roaring back, with 22 points on a short run and two passes.

With 9:31 left in the game, Luper scored his first TD on a three-yard run and Austin Roan kicked the PAT. Score 19-13.

Then with 5:53 left, Joseph Harvey caught a nine-yard TD pass from Sherman quarterback Gus Daniel. Roan’s PAT kick gave Sherman their first lead, 20-19.

Not to be denied, the Hawks fought back when Fields scored, but Sherman would not give up, scoring again themselves.

Court also connected on 9 and 8-yard TD passes in the first and second quarters to Jordan Points and Alan Wilcoxson, respectively. Both PATs failed on a kick and pass.

Heath outgained Sherman 281 yards of total offense to 218. The Hawks also intercepted three Daniel passes.

In the Hawks final game of the 2011 season, Court connected on 10 of 21 passes for 179 yards and three TDS . Fields was the leading receiver with five catches for 92 yards and one TD. Rico Henderson rushed 17 times for 63 yards.

Sherman’s Braylon Russell led runners with 85 yards on 14 carries. Daniel completed 14 of 25 passes for 143 yards, with 2 TDS and 3 interceptions. Luper caught 6 passes for 81 yards and one TD.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher




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