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Another Test For Heritage Football

SHS Quarterback #19 has the football knock from him by HHS # 55

SHS Quarterback #19 has the football knock from him by HHS # 55

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SHS #25 going for the tackle of HHS #3

The Heritage football team accomplished quite a bit last weekend. By erasing a two-touchdown deficit and defeating then-Class AAAA No. 10 Clarke Central, the Patriots picked up one of the biggest wins in the program's recent history. Down 14-0 to Clarke, one of the most storied programs in the state, Patriots adjusted at halftime and became a play action pass-heavy team in the final 24 minutes. It paid off as sophomore quarterback Ryan Sutton directed the hosts to three touchdown drives to help pull out a 21-14 win.

"It was certainly very exciting," said Heritage coach Chad Frazier, who admitted after the game that this was his biggest win in five years as Heritage coach. "As time ran out and we knew we could run our favorite play, victory formation, it was just a great feeling of accomplishment."

Now comes the hard part: equaling the feat.

That's the task at hand for the 2-0 Patriots as they host Loganville and its power run offense Friday at Evans Memorial Stadium. The Red Devils, who along with Heritage were a playoff team in 2010, are coming off a convincing, 30-3 win over Rockdale in its season opener. For Heritage, a great win is followed by another stiff test. Such is life in Region 8-AAAA.

"Loganville is another tough opponent in this region, they are a playoff contender and proved it last Friday," Frazier said. "Coach (Eric) Godfree and his staff do a great job coaching their kids and getting them ready for a game."

While the Heritage offense has scored 55 points in its first two games, and tailback Quami Stanley has been electrifying (435 total yards against Salem and Clarke), the defense has also played its part. The Patriots have given up just 14 points each to their first two opponents and Clarke lost two fumbles and could only muster 86 total yards in the second half.

"Our defense is just plain tough," Frazier said. "Our coaches do such a tremendous job of preparing those kids and the players just buy in. I mean all in. It's amazing the pride and mindset they have on being physical and smothering and punishing people."

If the defense continues its solid play and Sutton keeps progressing in his first season under center, Heritage could vault to the top of the list of region title contenders. But Frazier isn't quite ready to put that label on his team.

"I don't know if we are a region title contender yet," said Frazier. "It's such a long season and with so many good teams anything can happen on any Friday night. We'll focus on Loganville this week."