Heritage shut out by Flowery Branch

CONYERS - The Heritage football team struggled again Friday, losing 33-0 to Flowery Branch at Evans Memorial Stadium.

The Patriots, who were held to seven points or less for the fourth time, dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in Region 8-AAAAA. The hosts had a chance to break up the shut out, but fumbled on the Flowery Branch three-yard line. Heritage also had a bad snap on a punt and dropped two potential touchdowns in getting blanked for the first time since a 7-0 set back at Winder-Barrow in September, 2009.

“We’re a young football team and it shows. It’s very frustrating because we can’t throw the football, that’s the most frustrating,” said first-year Patriots’ coach Mike Parris. “We dropped two touchdown passes tonight, right in the hands, we just can’t catch the football right now.”

Since losing its first two games of the season to non-region opponents, Flowery Branch has won its first six league games by an average margin of 28.5 points.

“They’re better than us, but I don’t think they’re 33 points better. It’s frustrating,” Parris said.

Despite the recent struggles, Heritage still has a good shot to secure the region’s final playoff spot with three weeks to go in the regular season. The Patriots begin their playoff quest Friday at Loganville sitting one half game back of the Red Devils for the No. 4 seed.

“Like our told our kids, this is it. It’s either if you want to play more and you want to make the playoffs, you better win. If you don’t, you’ll go home,” Parris said. “That’s the bottom line.”