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Patriots host Loganville on the gridiron

IF YOU GO

• Who: Loganville Red Devils (2-5, 1-4 Region 8-AAAAA) at Heritage Patriots (6-2, 4-2)

• When: Tonight 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Evans Memorial Stadium

• Last week: Loganville defeated Winder-Barrow, 28-14; Heritage lost to Flowery Branch, 35-27

• Series: Tied 5-5

• Last season: Heritage won 35-14

CONYERS -- Two weeks ago, the Heritage football team came back from a 17-point deficit to shock Clarke Central in overtime, giving what coach Chad Frazier called one of his most satisfying victories in five years as head coach. But last weekend in Hall County, Frazier's bunch got a little taste of their own medicine.

Flowery Branch erased a 21-point deficit by scoring touchdowns on four consecutive third quarter possessions, and the Falcons' defense shut down Heritage in a stunning 35-27 victory.

One week you're up, the next you're searching for answers. Such is life in the difficult Region 8-AAAAA.

"It's tough when you're up like that. This will probably be tougher to bounce back (from) than the Gainesville game," Frazier said, comparing the loss to a lopsided defeat at the hands of the state-ranked Red Elephants, Sept. 28.

Two reasons Heritage turned what looked to be a convincing victory into a jarring loss: the offense stopped scoring (no points in the final 29:25 of the game) and the defense started giving up huge plays on every third quarter possession. Flowery Branch's high-powered offense ran nine plays during those scoring drives and four went for 39, 26, 30 and 17 yards, the last three of which were for touchdowns.

"Their guys made plays, our guys didn't," Frazier said. "Tackling in the open field was an issue (last Friday). We just got to fix the things that we did wrong ... we got to keep working hard ... take it out on Loganville."

That's where Heritage will try to start a new winning streak as the Red Devils travel to Evans Memorial Stadium tonight. Loganville snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Winder-Barrow last weekend, but the Walton County school has struggled defensively, allowing an average of more than 32 points in a starting record of 2-5 and just 1-1 in league play.

The winner of tonight's game will snap a 5-5 tie in the all-time series.