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Patriots, Falcons To Play In Front of TV Cameras

— Not only will the football teams from Heritage and Flowery Branch be playing for what could amount to a Region 8-AAAA championship, but they get to do it in front of the television cameras. The marquee game, which is expected to pit a pair of unbeaten teams against each other October 14 at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium, will be the Georgia Public Broadcasting Game of the Week, Heritage athletic director Chuck Landy confirmed Wednesday. Before the teams get together in a little over a week, Heritage (6-0) will have to get by winless Winder-Barrow and the Class AAAA No. 3 Falcons (5-0) will need a win over Habersham Central in Friday contests.

While Flowery Branch has been building a reputation as one of the state’s top programs for a number of years, Heritage, which reached the state playoffs in 2010, is just starting to get the state-wide exposure. The match up in two weeks should help to grow that reputation.

“The last five or six years (Flowery Branch has) been winning a lot of ball games, those younger kids have learned how to win and how to win consistently, so they’ve got a good program going,” said fifth-year Heritage coach Chad Frazier. “It’s huge and it’s nice to have it at home. We play well at home, so it’s a big deal to play this one at home, especially, I think, we have a beautiful stadium and it’s going to be televised. We’re excited about the opportunity to be in this position.”

“It should be a fun night, we played Flowery Branch tough up there last year and we competed hard against them,” said Landy, who was the last Heritage coach to even start 5-0 before this year’s team passed the 1998 team's mark last weekend. “To have that opportunity on our field, it was nice we can play it at home.”