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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — It didn’t take long for the Heritage High School football team to take control Friday night in a 39-12 victory against visiting Cap 8 Conference opponent Enloe.
Heritage found its rhythm offensively and set the tone of the game early after scoring on its first three possessions. Their defense also kept their rhythm intact and the Huskies never looked back as they led 21-6 after one quarter.
The win improved Heritage to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.
“Our offense was very balanced tonight,” said Heritage coach Jason McGeorge. “We threw the ball and ran the ball well.”
Nine different player gained ground yardage for the Huskies, which ended the game with 177 rushing yards. Quarterback Blake Walters completed 11 of 21 passes for 147 yards to five different receivers.
The Huskies took the opening kick-off and seven plays and 55 yards later scored the game’s first touchdown.
Running back Abdul Sesay ran in from four yards out and Matt Sattler’s extra point kick gave Heritage an early 7-0 lead.
Sesay was the star of the show running for 61 yards on 15 carries. He scored three rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
“We came out and played hard,” Sesay said. “My teammates did a good job blocking for me and I give them all the credit.”
Sesay said his team was much more focused after last week’s close loss at Sanderson.
“I felt like we had the momentum the entire game tonight,” he said. “We came together as a team and it was a great win for us.”
Last season Heritage defeated the Eagles 10-0 and even though they have not won a game this season, Heritage coach Jason McGeorge said his team did not take them lightly.
“They took Wakefield in a deep game last week and played well,” McGeorge said. “Coach Massey does a great job with the team.”
Enloe answered back after Heritage’s touchdown and scored on its first possession too.
Jamal Frazier outran Husky defenders on the ensuing kick and raced 91 yards downfield, setting up an Eagle score. Roy Garris found the end zone from a two-yard plunge. Enloe’s extra point kick was blocked by the Huskies Matt Baker and with 9:24 left in the first quarter, Heritage held a 7-6 edge.
Sesay and the Huskies were not done. With 3:36 left in the first quarter, Heritage capped off a 72-yard drive that included a 39-yard pass from quarterback Blake Walters to Jalen Parson that set up a five-yard touchdown run by Sesay. With the extra point kick by Sattler, the Huskies enjoyed a 14-6 lead.
“Our offense got it going tonight,” said Heritage coach Jason McGeorge. “I was pleased offensively and our defense played a tremendous game.”
“Our defense had some good licks,” McGeorge added. “Overall, we played with a lot of confidence and were focused on what we needed to do on the field to win.”
Heritage then forced a three and out and took eight plays to find the end zone again on a ten-yard Sesay run. Sattler’s point after kick pushed the Huskies lead to 21-6 with three seconds remaining in the first quarter.
That score resulted in a drive that started on Heritage’s 35 yard line and along the way, the Huskies picked up three first downs.
Heritage stopped the Eagles on their next possession and put together another drive, marching to Enloe’s 33-yard line.
The Huskies elected to go for a first down on a fourth and seventh but gave the ball back to the Eagles after Walters threw an incomplete pass.
Enloe unable to get its offense going punted the ball back to Heritage.
A fumble by Walters led to an Eagle score with 4:20 left in the first half. Enloe elected to go for two points but failed and trailed Heritage 21-12.
“We gave up a long kick-off return for six points then had a silly fumble that led to their second score,” McGeorge said.
An 18-yard run by Greg Clifton moved the Huskies into the Eagles territory and after two big runs by Sesay, Walters scored on a keeper from 11 yards out.
Sesay’s run for two extra points gave Heritage a 29-12 advantage that stood throughout halftime.
“Enloe runs a lot of blitzes and I was pleased with our defensive line,” McGeorge said.
“However, we gave up four sacks and Enloe did a good job pressuring our quarterback,” he added.
A 32-yard field goal by Sattler extended Heritage’s lead to 32-12 with 7:39 left in the third quarter.
The Huskies stretched that lead to 39-12 after Matt Baker scored on a two-yard run with 10:43 remaining in the game.
Heritage will play at Wake Forest tomorrow ( Friday). The Cougars’ only loss came last Friday at Wakefield.
“We have a few days to prepare for them,” McGeorge said. “We’ll make adjustments where needed and do what we have to do.”
“I don’t want the players stressing out about the game,” he added. “It’s a huge game but they’re all big games and we prepare for all of them to the best of our ability.”