Southland turns lights out on Heritage

by Chris Goltermann

The lights literally went out midway through Friday’s game at The Heritage School when a young boy accidentally flipped the switch near one of the poles at Hawk Field against Southland Academy.

However, he might have been doing the Hawks a favor.

Massive at the line of scrimmage with nine of 11 seniors on their starting offense, the Raiders wore down a spirited but much younger Heritage lineup in a 43-8 win that saw Southland score 28 unanswered points, including all 19 between the two teams after halftime.

The Hawks (2-3) led early 8-2, getting help from an interception by freshman Hamp Smith, a touchdown run by junior quarterback Brad Macke and an ensuing 2-point conversion on a throw from Macke to Tristan Stoffle, but struggled to keep up the pace against a Raiders offense that continuously pushed the line of scrimmage in front of 5-8, 160-pound running back Dustin Shattles, who finished with more than 150 yards rushing.

Shattles’ 26-yard run with 2:08 left in the opening quarter gave Southland (4-2) a lead for good, though Heritage had a couple of opportunities to counter. Macke’s fourth-down throw on the Hawks’ ensuing possession went in and out of the hands of a receiver and the same fate awaited the team on a well-executed fake punt where the ball found the turf early in the third quarter after the team trailed 22-6 at halftime.

Macke was forced out of the game with a thigh injury, making way for backup Peyton Henson early in the second half.

Shattles finished with two touchdowns, while Southland also got touchdowns from fullback Bryce Driver and backup quarterback Ryan Weaver.

Heritage now prepares for next Friday’s Homecoming game against Mount de Sales in this year’s Region 2-AAA opener.



More Sports

Northgate leads All-Region cheerleading squad

Northgate’s competitive cheerleading squad led this year’s All-Region 4-AAAAA team with eight selections. Earning honors for the ... Read More


High School Wrestling

No clear favorite in county championships

Predicting the outcome of tonight's Coweta County Wrestling Championships isn't an exact science. Between defending champion East Coweta, a ... Read More


Northgate, ECHS finish among top 5

Northgate and East Coweta swim teams each finished among the top-five at last weekend's Toys for Tots Invitational in Troup County among a f ... Read More


American Open Weightlifting

Newnan's Sydney Goad sets national records

With an already lengthy list of national records, Sydney Goad may have raised the bar higher than even she imagined on Friday at this year&r ... Read More


High School Basketball

Lady Indians stay on target, pick up second straight win

East Coweta's girls basketball team posed two arguments to Region 3-AAAAA opponents during Friday's 48-31 win over South Cobb at John Throwe ... Read More

College Football

UWG faces CSU-Pueblo in first trip to Division II semifinals

The last time West Georgia's football program played in a game as significant as tonight's national Division II semifinal, a personal comput ... Read More