Things look ‘bright’ for Heritage football


WORKING on their exchanges in the backfield are Heritage Eagles Joe Meek, left, and Parker Pattillo. Heritage opens the season by hosting San Antonio Atonement on Friday, Aug. 30. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

 

With a rich history of winning games, including five TAPPS 1-A six-man titles since 2004, the Heritage School football team is approaching the upcoming season with “a lot of excitement,” according to head coach Tim Shipman.

And it’s easy to understand such enthusiasm. After all, returning are  four of six Eagle starters from last year’s squad that finished second in the state, dropping the title to District 4 rival Seguin Lifegate in December 2012.

“We are hungry for more,” Shipman said, adding, “We are bringing in a strong experienced freshman class.”

Also, with the addition of permanent stadium lights on the field this year, the Heritage mentor added that “no pun intended, but the future looks bright.”

Despite the rosy outlook on paper, the Eagles are taking nothing for granted this year and realize that they must earn every victory in 2013, Shipman said.

The squad’s two returning seniors — Chad Johnson and Joe Meek — will have their work cut out for them when it comes to leading Heritage. “They know what is expected of them and they will build on last year to become game-changers,” the coach said.

With a strong contingent of juniors — a class that includes Joe Lucas, Leighton Klepac, Jackson Bernard, and Elliot Grimes — the Eagles are expected to field one of their strongest defensive lines in years, Shipman said.

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