Flint River 25, Heritage School 13
Heritage drops game to Flint River
WOODBURY — Suffice to say, Tyler Henson would have been proud of The Heritage School’s football team on Friday night against Friday — even in defeat to open the 2013 season.
Playing with the heaviest of hearts following the tragic loss of their teammate in the offseason, a much younger Hawks roster than during a previous run to last year’s Class AAA state championship game fought through four quarters in a 25-13 loss here to Flint River in a game that wasn’t decided until the final two minutes of play.
The Wildcats broke a 13-13 deadlock at halftime by pushing across a go-ahead score on Will Couch’s touchdown run with four minutes left in the third quarter. But trailing 19-13, Heritage managed to block a 26-yard field-goal attempt with 5:30 left to play before gambling on fourth down the following series just inside its own 30-yard line.
A Flint River stop with 2:23 to play, allowed the Wildcats to run down the clock before adding an insurance score on a 10-yard run by Couch, one of 10 seniors on this year’s Wildcats roster.
An emotional night began with Flint River graciously honoring Henson’s memory following a car crash last spring by painting his No. 8 along the Heritage sidelines and taking a knee on their first snap before handing the ball to his father, Dean, a Hawks assistant coach.
Heritage played an inspired first half that had the team grabbing leads of 7-0 and 13-6 over the opening-two quarters.
The Hawks took advantage of a poor snap on a punt that caused a loss of downs on the Wildcats 35 and cashed in for an opening touchdown with just three seconds left in the first quarter.
Following a catch and run between quarterback Brad Macke and senior David Bready, Macke found Chaz Bankston in the back of the end zone with a pass on 2nd-and-24 before freshman Carlisle Taylor tacked on the extra point.
Flint River quarterback Seth Short led the Wildcats back on the following possession to close the gap to 7-6 after a bad snap on the point-after kick only to see Heritage respond again.
Macke picked up completions to Cole Jones and Bankston, the latter to the Wildcats 22 yard-line with less than five minutes left in the opening half before scoring from 3-yards out on a run for a 13-6 lead.
Led by Short in its spread offense, however, Flint River tied the game in the closing 2:46 of the second quarter, scoring on a quarterback keeper from the goal line with 31 seconds left in the half to send the game to the break tied 13-13.