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Collinsville comes up short against Rivercrest

By Jerry Powers
For the Herald Democrat
Collinsville's Justin Hernandez gets away from Rivercrest defenders during a Class 2A Division I Region II bi-district game at Bonham.

BONHAM — The Pirates are no strangers to close playoff games and in trying to get to the second round of the playoffs against this season, Collinsville found itself in position to pull out a victory and advance to the area round for the fifth straight time.

But Rivercrest, which had scored the go-ahead touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter, came up with a stop on fourth down to preserve a 20-14 victory over the Pirates in a Class 2A Division I Region II bi-district contest.

Rivercrest (7-3) will play either Crawford or Kerens in the second round next week.

Collinsville (6-4) had its shot to win the game with a final touchdown and ensuing extra point after it blocked the PAT attempt when Rivercrest went up by the final margin on Will Grider’s three-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes remaining.

The Pirates’ final chance to reach the end zone ended at the Rebels’ 14-yard line when Zachariah Lane broke up a pass to seal the win for Rivercrest.

Luis Hernandez had 27 carries for 121 yards and a TD and threw for 86 yards and a score, Justin Hernandez totaled 69 yards from scrimmage on five touches and Cory Sheppard added 13 carries for 25 yards for the Pirates.

Grider threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and ran 17 times for 34 yards and a score while both of Bradyn English's catches went for touchdowns and covered 104 yards for the Rebels.

Rivercrest opened the game with the ball as Collinsville deferred to the second half. Both offenses traded possessions as the game stayed scoreless.

But near the end of the first quarter, Collinsville drove to the nine-yard line and Luis Hernandez scored on a keeper up the middle with 1:30 left in the frame but the Pirates missed on the conversion.

Rivercrest got on the board in the middle of the second quarter as Grider connected with English and he raced 44 yards for the score. Conner Young put the Rebels ahead, 7-6, on the PAT.

With 47 seconds left until half-time, Luis Hernandez found Justin Hernandez for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Luis Hernandez ran in the conversion to put Collinsville back in front.

But Rivercrest managed to tie it up. Grider completed a 60-yard pass to English 15 seconds later and it was 14-14 going into the break.

Both defenses dug in during a scoreless third quarter before the Rebels broke through with the go-ahead, and eventually deciding touchdown just minutes into the fourth quarter.

Bi-district

Class 2A Division I Region II

Rivercrest                    20

Collinsville                   14