Warriors’ win-streak ends with 38-14 loss to Panthers at Texas Stadium

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Warriors’ win-streak ends with 38-14 loss to Panthers at Texas Stadium


By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor


The South Grand Prairie Warriors win-streak came to an end on Friday night, Nov. 24 at Texas Stadium in Irving.

The Warriors dropped a 38-14 decision to the Colleyville Heritage Panthers on Friday night in the second round of postseason play.

With the loss, the Warriors are eliminated from the playoffs and conclude the 2006 season with an impressive 10-2 record.

The Panthers jumped on the board first with a 4-yard passing touchdown to take a 7-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first quarter.

And after one, the score remained the same.

But early in the second quarter, with 11:11 remaining in the first half, the Panthers pushed their lead to 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass.

However, the familiar heroics of Denzel Dewberry to Trae Johnson came to fruition just a short time later.

With 8:14 remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors cut into the Panthers lead at 14-7 on a successful 21-yard pass completion from Dewberry to Johnson.

The Panthers aimed to regain their 14-point lead as Colleyville Heritage quickly entered the red zone with a little under 7:00 left in the first half.

And then, the Warriors defense came to the rescue as solid protection led to a Derek Lopez interception in the end zone to give SGP possession at their own 20-yard line.

But SGP was unable to capitalize on the turnover, as Dewberry and company fumbled the pigskin on the third play of the drive – a fumble recovery carried in for a touchdown for the Panthers.

With the fumble recovery TD, the Panthers took a 21-7 lead over the Warriors with 5:40 left in the second quarter.

And Colleyville Heritage added one more score before the break – completing an 8-play drive with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to take a 28-7 lead with 0:39 remaining in the first half of play.

The Warriors began the second half on offense as they looked to make up for first half mistakes.

But SGP came up short – just inches short – on their ensuing drive.

On the sixth play of the drive, with SGP sitting on a fourth-and-one at the Panthers’ 36-yard line, the Warriors decided to try and convert on fourth-and-short.

As Dewberry took the pigskin and dove over his offensive line, it appeared as though the Warriors had picked up the first down.

But wait – official timeout for a measurement.

With the officials spotting, the Warriors were marked just short of the first down marker – giving the ball back to the Panthers with 8:56 left in the third quarter.

Colleyville Heritage added a 22-yard field goal with 9:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, pushing their lead to 31-7.

The Warriors tried to get back into the game after Dewberry through an interception and the SGP defense forced a three-and-out with 7:37 remaining in the game.

And the special teams unit did all they could do get their Warriors back into the fight – blocking the punt as it rolled dead at the Colleyville Heritage 28-yard line.

From there, all it took was one play for the Warriors to find daylight.

With 7:22 left in the fourth and final quarter, Dewberry connected with a diving Johnson for South Grand Prairie’s second TD of the night – cutting into the Panthers lead at 31-14.

However, an ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Panthers – and with 4:58 left in the final quarter, Colleyville Heritage hammered the nail in the coffin with a 9-yard touchdown pass to push the Panthers lead to 38-14.

On the night, SGP was held to just 11 first downs while the Panthers picked up 22.

In addition, Colleyville Heritage racked up 130 yards on the ground and 211 yards in the air, compared to 79 rushing yards and 118 passing yards for SGP.

In South Grand Prairie’s 21 meetings at Texas Stadium, the Warriors are now 10-11 overall and move their playoff record to 16-14 since the school opened in 1969.

In addition, the Warriors’ Dewberry is just the second starting quarterback to guide SGP to back-to-back playoff appearances – the first since Mike Atkins in 1975 and 1976.


Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com