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Defense allowing Hebron to win close games

Hebron coach Brian Brazil admits he was a little surprised by the final score of his team's game against Flower Mound on Friday.

The Hawks (3-1, 1-0 District 8-5A) held the Jaguars' juggernaut offense in check during a 21-15 victory. It was Flower Mound's lowest offensive output since 2008, when it put up 14 in a loss to Southlake Carroll.

"If you'd have told me that we would have only scored 21 points, I'd have been a little concerned," said Brazil, who cited that the teams combined for 116 points when they played last year. "At the same time, if you'd told me they'd only scored 15 points, I'd have felt really good going in. I had no idea we'd hold them to that small of a point output."

But Brazil shouldn't be surprised. Outside of an off performance against a prolific Colleyville Heritage offense in Zero Week, Hebron's defense has been lights out.

Hebron has now shut down a potent offense the last two weeks. Class 4A powerhouse Stephenville couldn't get anything going against Hebron in Week 3.

That gave Hebron room to muster a successful two-minute drill in the fourth quarter take a 10-6 win as quarterback Joseph Farley hit Brandon Lanz for a 26-yard score with 28 seconds left.

Hebron has needed every single defensive stop. All four of Hebron's games this year have gone down to the final minutes, and the Hawks have prevailed in three of them, something that bodes well for the Hawks in the ultra-competitive District 8-5A.

"I think it shows a lot about your team's ability to stay in there and fight the tough games and just win however we got to win," Brazil said. "A lot of them haven't been pretty, but they're tough, hard-fought wins."

Hebron hosts Plano (3-1, 0-1) on Friday.