Hebron & The Colony Prepare for Next Season

Hebron & The Colony Prepare for Next Season

by Steve Gamel

Though both Hebron and The Colony’s football season ended abruptly in the first round, each has plenty to look forward to as they head into the offseason.

In Hebron’s case, the Hawks are a perennial playoff favorite regardless of who they lose each year to graduation. This season was no exception as Hebron won eight games, finished second in a tough District 5-6A, and made it to the first round before losing to Allen 48-17. Despite that loss, the Hawks finished the year averaging just more than 400 yards of offense. That includes throwing for more than 226 yards per game – good for sixth in the area among Class 6A teams.

Some of the jaw-dropping individual performances include quarterback Clayton Tune. The Kansas commit finished sixth in the area with 2,416 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. He threw just six interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. Tune has been a guiding force for Hebron since he transferred from Denton Ryan before his sophomore year.
Wide receiver Trejan Bridges caught 62 of Tune’s passes for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jaren Mitchell caught 54 passes for 771 yards and five scores.

“Clayton is so confident in what he does out there, that he makes everyone else around him that much more confident,” head coach Brian Brazil said prior to the start of the season. “His ability to improvise when plays break down makes him a special player, and it wins a lot of games for us.”

Hebron has had a history of producing quarterbacks, so expect Brazil to find a solid replacement for Tune this offseason.

Meanwhile, The Colony built its success this season behind a beefed-up offensive line and a powerful run game with running backs Jadan Abdallah, Myles Price, and Andrew Nelson. The running game was huge considering the Cougars lost star quarterback Jemel Jones Jr. to a season-ending injury before the season started.

Abdallah rushed for 863 yards and nearly seven yards per carry while scoring eight times. Price wasn’t far behind with 635 rushing yards and seven scores. Nelson and Javontae Thomas combined for 554 yards and seven scores.

That running game lifted the Cougars to a 5-2 record in District 14-5A. One of those wins was an impressive 14-7 decision over Prosper as Abdallah rushed for 101 yards and quarterback Mickey Harrington threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars closed the regular season with a 48-0 win over Carrollton R.L. Turner.

Unfortunately, that luck ran out in a 41-16 loss to state-ranked Frisco Lone Star in the first round.

Both teams will undoubtedly be back in the playoff race next season.

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