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.



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