Patriots stay unbeaten in Athens

ATHENS -- The dream season for the Heritage football team continued Friday. Quami Stanley had a long touchdown run in the first half and caught a touchdown pass in the second half to lead the Patriots to a 36-19 win over Cedar Shoals in Athens. Heritage improved to 6-0, the best start in the program's 36-year history.

"We've done some things...this is the best start in Heritage history, so that's pretty special," said fifth-year Patriots coach Chad Frazier, whose team is trying to return to the Class AAAA state playoffs. "Just the way it's all happened together with the community and the coaches and the kids. I'm appreciative to get to come to work with these guys every day."

Things didn't start well for Heritage, which has now defeated Cedar three consecutive times in a series that dates back to 1986. The Patriots fumbled the opening kick off, and though they fell on the ball, fumbled again on the first play from scrimmage. Cedar (2-3) led 6-0 before the electric Stanley broke off an 80-yard touchdown run and linebacker Chase Alford intercepted a pass and returned for another score to put the visitors up 14-6 at halftime.

"I thought we started slow offensively, the turnovers hurt and didn't give us much of a chance," Frazier said. "Sort of felt like we just weren't in the mood. (At) halftime, let's go in the locker room, let's go in and challenge them. Second half we came out and pretty much took over the game."

That take over included touchdown runs by Myron Fears and Obe Fortune, a blocked punt which led to a safety and Ryan Sutton's touchdown toss to Stanley.

Now Heritage tries to continue its unbeaten start when it travels to winless Winder-Barrow next week. In fact, the Bulldoggs, who fell to 0-5 with a loss to Habersham Central Friday, are on a 19-game losing streak and haven't won in more than two years.

"They're overdue," Frazier said of Winder. "I just hope it's after next week."