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Late Field Goal Helps Heritage Survive

MT. AIRY - The Heritage football team bounced back from its first loss of the season by nipping Habersham Central, 45-42 Friday in Mt. Airy. The Patriots, who lost to Flowery Branch in a battle of unbeatens last weekend, improved to 8-1 and remained in the mix to secure one of the top two state playoff seeds in Region 8-AAAA.

The Patriots led 42-21 before Habersham (4-4), and its electric quarterback Kevin Ellison, came roaring back with three second half touchdowns to tie it at 42-42. On the final possession of the game, Quami Stanley, who scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Dominic Craft, who added a rushing touchdown, each had big runs to set up the winning field goal try. With nine seconds left, Harrison Kulp nailed a 26-yarder to send Heritage south with its eighth win.

"Our kids, I'm so impressed," said Heritage coach Chad Frazier. "Monday it was 'Habersham's a big game, if we don't beat them'...it was a big deal to win this game."

Ellison, who is on a short list of region player of the year candidates, scored five touchdowns.

"It was the Kevin Ellison Show. He'd drop back and scramble or he'd sprint out and scramble or he'd option and keep it. We just don't have anybody who can keep up with him," Frazier said. "He's a great football player, he had a gazillion yards."

Heritage takes next weekend off before wrapping up its regular season November 4 at home against Madison County.

"I need to look at Madison (but) I feel pretty good with our chances, especially at home and being off," Frazier said.