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Longhorns’ O-line comes together in 37-0 win over Cypress Creek

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

By Ken Jackson
Sports Editor

Harmony meshed some old and new in its spring game, an impressive 37-0 win at Cypress Creek played in a constant shower on Thursday.

The up-tempo spread offense looked much the same as it did in the 2017 season, with quarterback Nate Herstich, who tossed a county-record 30 touchdown passes last season, spreading the ball around and hitting receivers in space.

What was new was most of the offensive line; four of Coach Don Simon’s starters from last year will graduate this week, so a new unit debuted

Herstich was 7-of-19 passing for 107 yards and three touchdowns and was sacked just once. He did overthrow a few routes, chalked up to a wet football, but overall Simon said he was pleased with the spring game.

“Good at times, not so good at times,” Simon said. “I felt good when they were all together. We moved some guys around in the second half, but I think we’ve found our starting five on the line. The tempo was good, they handled it real well. We looked at some of the new things we wanted and we got a lot of it on film.”

Joseph Derryberry, the line’s only returning starter, was joined in a rotation up front that included Cale Prario, Daniel Mercedes, Russell Geissbuhler, Christian Holloway and Thomas Schroeder.

They allowed Herstich to find Garrett Simon (from 15 yards), Josh Hall (10) and Caleb Bass (20) on first-half touchdown passes. Hall also added 155 rushing yards on 14 carries and a 10-yard touchdown run right before halftime.

Christian Taylor (nine carries, 49 yards) also had a six-yard TD run in the third quarter.

The defense, which held Cypress Creek to 77 total yards (55 came on one passing play), also recorded a safety in the fourth quarter on a gang tackle in the end zone. Juan Gomez had a sack, Josh Grimes broke up a third-down pass and Keon James, Elijah Gunn and Anthony Johnson recovered fumbles.

“They are starting to understand my expectations,” HHS defensive coordinator Nick Lippert said.