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Heritage knocks off Loganville on gridiron

The Heritage football team got back to its winning ways Friday in Walton County.

Anthony Stanley caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Patriots defeated Loganville 21-7.

Heritage moved to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in Region 8-AAAAA in snapping a two-game losing streak. The victory also pushed Heritage’s lead to a half game over Loganville (4-4, 3-3) for the region’s fourth and final state playoff spot, though the Red Devils have two games at hand to Heritage’s one.

Ryan Sutton had a one-yard touchdown sneak and then found Stanley for a 17-yard touchdown that gave the Patriots a 14-0 cushion.

Loganville got to within 14-7 by halftime, but Stanley found the end zone again with a 10-yard scoring run in the second half to make it a two-touchdown game. Heritage finished with over 400 yards of total offense and the defense was back to its old self again as the Conyers school bounced back from a difficult 1-3 stretch in which it was out-scored 117-33.

Heritage will wrap up its regular season next week and is hoping to clinch a playoff spot when it hosts winless Apalachee. Loganville, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, will try to start a new streak when it hosts defending state champion and 7-0 Gainesville.