Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hebron snatch win from Cougars!

CARROLLTON — The Cooper Cougars were 1:34 away from nabbing an improbable 42-28 victory and snapping a two-game losing streak.
But Kyle Aubuchon threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Chad Barlow with 48 seconds left in the game to lift the Hebron Hawks to a wild 45-42 win over Cooper in a nondistrict football game Friday night at Hawk Stadium.
Cooper (2-3) had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Ryan Lucas’ 34-yard field goal sailed wide left with a second left.
The Cougars nearly pulled off an incredible comeback win. Hebron (3-2) led 31-7 at the half, but Cooper scored 21 unanswered points to get back in the game.
Ryan Heslep threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to John Harvey to get the rally going with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
Then Cooper, which had given up an onside kick in three consecutive games, including two that played key roles in a pair of losses, recovered two consecutive onside kicks — and scored each time.
Heslep threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Reese Williams after the Coogs recovered the first onside kick at the Hebron 40.
Davon Riddick capped the second, recovered at the Hawks 39, with a 2-yard touchdown run as the Coogs pulled within three, 31-28, with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
Hebron responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Aubuchon early in the fourth quarter, pushing the Hawks lead to 38-21.
But the Coogs stormed right back, getting a one-yard touchdown run from Heslep, and the Coogs finally got their first lead of the night on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Heslep to Alford Cooper.
Lucas’ PAT gave the Coogs a 42-38 lead with 1:34 left in the game.
But the Hawks would go 75 yards on five plays for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown — a 21-yard scoring pass from Aubuchon to Barlow with 48 seconds left in the game.
Cooper got in position to tie the game, getting down to the Hawk 17 in the final seconds, but Lucas’ kick on a fourth-and-4 play was wide left.
Heslep completed 29 of 45 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Coogs.
Things unraveled quickly in the first half. Hebron took the opening kickoff and 71 yards on eight plays for a quick 7-0 lead. Dezmond Wortham capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Cooper then started its first drive at its own 3 — and was forced to punt after three plays.
Hebron’s Kiante Griffin returned the ensuing punt 26 yards down to the Coogs’ 22-yard line. Two plays later, Wortham scored from 22 yards.
The Hawks tacked on a 26-yard field goal by Kurt Walker for a 17-0 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter — all before Cooper could get a first down.
The Hawks, who scored on all five possessions in the first half, added a 3-yard touchdown run by J.T. Teague with 2:59 remaining before the half for a 31-7 lead.
The big play on the drive was a 29-yard pass from Aubuchon to Griffin on a third-and-12 play from the Hawks 32.
Cooper 7 0 21 14—42
Hebron 17 14 0 14—45

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