The Heritage Christian Academy Eagles gave up 37 unanswered points to District 1 favorite Abilene Christian School after building a 24-0 first-period lead in Friday’s 45-38 loss to the Panthers at the Rockwall-Heath Turf Field.
HCA opened the action with a 1-yard TD run by Krys Harber, a 21-yard TD pass from Nathan Mateer to Aaron Mateer and a 50-yard scoring run by Harber to take an early 24-0 advantage after three Mateer (Aaron) 2-point kicks.
But, ACS answered with six points to close out the first quarter, 16 points in the second period and 15 points in the third for a 37-24 lead. The Panthers scored on a 3-yard pass, a 77-yard pass, a 41-yard pass and a 22-yard pass.
Heritage finally responded with a 5-yard TD completion from Austin Pettit to Asa Burke to narrow the gap to seven points at 37-30. ACS came right back, however, to score on an 8-yard pass from Shea Beltran to Bryton Fernandez for a 45-30 lead before Harber put up the final points on an 80-yard kick return.
Harber led HCA rushers with six carries for 60 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of one and 50 yards and an 80-yard kick return.
Nathan Mateer finished the game 6-of-12 passing for 104 yards and one TD and Austin Pettit was 4-of-8 passing with one TD.
Travis Arterburn caught three passes for 83 yards, Aaron Mateer pulled down 2-for-27 yards and one TD, Caleb Cathey grabbed 2-for-13 yards, Stephen Salter 1-for-16 yards, Garrett Blankenship 1-for-14 yards and Asa Burke 1-for-5 yards and one TD.
Heritage (2-1) will attempt to get back on the win track tonight when the Eagles hit the road to take on Fruitvale (2-1).
HCA v. Abilene Christian
HCA 24 0 0 14 - 38
Abilene Chr. 6 16 15 8 - 45
HCA: Krys Harber 1 run (Aaron Mateer kick)
HCA: A. Mateer 21 pass from N. Mateer (A. Mateer kick)
HCA: Harber 50 run (A. Mateer kick)
ACS: Bryton Fernandez 20 pass from Blayze Walker (Kick fail)
ACS: Brian Burton 3 apss from B. Walker (Trey Tyson kick)
ACS: B. Fernandez 77 pass from B. Walker (Tyson kick)
ACS: Trevor Tyson 41 pass from B. Walker (1-pt. pass)
ACS: B. Fernandez 22 pass from B. Walker (Tyson kick)
HCA: Asa Burke 5 pass from Austin Pettit (kick blk.)
ACS: B. Fernandez 8 pass from Shea Beltran (Tyson kick)
HCA: Harber 80 kick return (A. Mateer kick)
First Downs 13 12
Rushing Yards 30-107 13-40
Passing Yards 164 406
Passing 10-20-0 23-43-0
Punts-Avg. 3-26.7 0
Penalties 4-35 10-96
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1
Rushing-HCA: Krys Harber 6-60, Caleb Cathey 14-42, Travis Arterburn 3-29, Evan Pettit 3-14, Austin Pettit 4-(-38). ACS: Blayze Walker 5-18, Trey Tyson 4-17, Shea Beltran 3-10, Gabe Espinosa 1-(-5).
Passing-HCA: Nathan Mateer 6-12-104, Austin Pettit 4-8-54, Travis Arterburn 1-1-6. ACS: Blayze Walker 21-40-373, Shea Beltran 2-3-33.
Receiving-HCA: Travis Arterburn 3-83, Aaron Mateer 2-27, Stephen Salter 1-16, Garrett Blankenship 1-14, Caleb Cathey 2-13, Austin Pettit 1-(-6), Asa Burke 1-5. ACS: Bryton Fernandez 7-164, Shea Beltran 4-62, Trevor Tyson 3-61, Austin Cook 3-60, Brian Burton 2-31, Trey Tyson 2-10, Reilly McGee 1-10, Gabe Espinoza 1-8.