LOGANVILLE - Heritage got into a shootout with the wrong team Friday night at Red Devil Stadium.
Loganville, the highest-scoring team in Region 8-AAAA, jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and then scored twice after Heritage (1-5) cut the deficit to 21-17 in the third quarter to collect a 35-24 victory.
The Red Devils (3-2) wasted little time putting points on the scoreboard as quarterback A.J. Schmidt hooked up with Sam Jones for an 11-yard touchdown pass on the first series of the game. Connor Lockridge's extra point gave Loganville a 7-0 lead just 2:15 into the contest.
The Patriots tied the game later in the quarter. Quarterback Andre Wilson broke loose for a 25-yard gain deep into Loganville territory.
On the next play, Wilson scored on a 21-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 7 with 2:22 left in the opening quarter.
However, the Red Devils needed just 2:14 to take the lead again.
Schmidt connected with Jones again, this time for 28 yards to the Heritage 4. After a penalty, Mykel Wyyett scored on a 2-yard run to put Loganville back in front 14-7 with eight seconds left in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Loganville running back Storm Johnson needed only one play to double his team's lead. The senior found a huge hole off right tackle and raced 62 yards for a touchdown with 4:44 left until halftime.
Heritage missed a chance to cut into the Red Devils' lead when kicker Tyler Peoples was wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half.
In the third quarter, the Patriots made things interesting.
Heritage needed only four plays and 1:40 to score on the first series of the second half. Devon Holmes started the drive with a 15-yard run and then Wilson added another 25-yard burst into Loganville territory.
Two plays later, Eian Williams got loose in the middle of the Red Devil defense, racing 26 yards for the touchdown that cut the Heritage deficit to 21-14.
In fact, Williams had another big play, a 30-yard run, on the first play of the Patriots' next series. Abraham Walker added a 21-yard run, taking the ball to the Loganville 26.
However, the drive stalled, but this time Peoples connected on a 36-yard field goal, which shrunk the deficit to 21-17 with 5:20 left in third quarter.
But Loganville's quick-strike offense took only 2:04 to restore its double-digit advantage.
First, Wyyett rumbled for a 40-yard gain to the Heritage 16. And then, Schmidt fired his second touchdown pass of the game, an 18-yard strike to Clay Garner at 3:16.
The Red Devils extended their lead to 35-18 early lead just 48 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Loganville's defense stopped Heritage's Wilson short on a fourth-and-1 sneak at the 40 late in the third quarter.
Two plays later, Schmidt weaved his way for a 29-yard to the Patriot 13. In fact, he did it again three plays later, scrambling for a 13-yard touchdown that practically put the game out of reach.
Heritage added the game's final touchdown when Wilson connected with Garry Peters on a 8-yard touchdown pass off a quick slant with 1:56 remaining in the game.
Jeff Gillespie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.