High School Football
Heritage hopes to jumpstart season tonight
by Doug Gorman
When Heritage School football coach Kevin Prisant’s team heads into tonight’s home game against Westminster-Augusta, he will be looking for anything to add spark to both sides of the line of scrimmage.
After posting its best record in school history a year ago and finishing as the runner up behind Deerfield-Windsor in the GISA Class AAA title game, the Hawks have definitely gone through their share of growing pains, dropping their last three games, including a 50-0 decision to Stratford Academy on the road in Macon a week ago.
The Hawks’ only victories this season came against Community Christian and Dawson Street, in non-region action and the squad heads into Friday’s game 2-5 overall and 0-2 in GISA Region 2-AAA. Westminster is 6-2 and 0-2.
Heritage has only scored seven points in its last two games, getting beat by Mount de Sales 45-7 two weeks ago.
Despite finishing as the GISA Class AAA runner up last year, Prisant said the team isn’t feeling pressure at this point of the season as it rebuilds after getting hit hard by graduation.
“We are trying to build a program,” he said. “Nobody is breathing down our necks. We want to get to the point where we are that kind of team. We still as a team expect to make a playoff run. That our goal every year and we still have a shot at it.” The coach is hoping games like the ones that Heritage played in the past few weeks will only make the team better.
“Our young guys get thrown to the fire every week, but it is just a learning experience,” he said. “As coach, I have felt confident going into every game. That’s because I know we have had a decent plan for them on offense, defense and special teams. I know we have guys that know what they are doing, they are just trying to still pick up that speed of the game. They have been upbeat, and have had a great week. I don’t know what is going to happen against Westminster, but there is still that excitement level. When you are 2-5 and there have been three losses in a row, it is easy to say forget this, but nobody on this team has done that.”
Like, the Hawk, Westminster comes into the game searching for its first region win.
The Wildcats won their first six games, before dropping region contest Tattnall Square and Mount De Sales the past two weeks.
Prisant expects Westminster to try and spread the ball out, using a quarterback who can get the ball to two talented a quick wide receivers. A couple of quick running backs will also challenge the Hawks’ offense.
“Some defense have that bend don’t break philosophy, but there defense is coming after you.
A win tonight keeps the Hawks playoff hopes alive with contest against Tatnall Square and Trinity to close out the season.
“We are getting better and the kids know it,” Prisant said.