Hebron’s football team picked a good time to put together its best defensive effort of the season.
The Hawks limited Keller Fossil Ridge to seven points Friday, the fewest points they have allowed all season, as Hebron got past the Panthers, 17-7, in a Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff game on the road.
Hebron had previously lost to Fossil Ridge in non-district competition, 37-17.
Hebron bottled up the Fossil Ridge offense to the tune of 215 total yards and forced three turnovers, including an interception returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Ben Rutherford to seal the win with 3:18 remaining.
The Hawks had taken their first lead of the night earlier in the third quarter when Carson Harris connected with Oklahoma commit Trejan Bridges — who missed the first outing against Fossil Ridge due to concussion protocol — for a 5-yard touchdown pass midway through the period.
Fossil Ridge’s lone score came with 9:59 remaining in the second quarter when Scottie Coli found Colione Evans for the touchdown.
But Hebron’s defense would buckle down from there, holding Fossil Ridge off the scoreboard as the Hawks closed with a 17 unanswered points.
Harris chipped in 72 rushing yards in addition to his touchdown pass to Bridges, while Jaylon Lott ran for a game-high 91 yards on 27 carries.
With the win, Hebron advances to the area round for the second time in three years and will face Richardson Pearce — who upended Cedar Hill in the bi-district round, 23-21 — at a time and place to be determined.