Heritage advances to state championship game

SENIOR RUNNING BACK Joe Meek picked up 149 yards rushing on 23 carries to help Heritage School defeat Lubbock Kingdom Preparatory Academy, 46-28, in Monday night’s TAPPS six-man football state semifinal game. The Eagles will next face San Antonio Castle Hills Saturday evening for the championship. — Photo courtesy of Tammy Sikes

Editor's note: The TAPPS state six-man football Division II title game has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 14.


By Danny Hirt —


For the third time in as many years, Heritage School will be battling it out for the TAPPS state six-man football Division II title, thanks to Monday night’s 46-28 semifinal victory over Lubbock Kingdom Preparatory Academy.

The game was played in the Water Valley ISD stadium.

The Eagles (9-4) will face fellow District 4 member San Antonio Castle Hills in Saturday’s championship contest slated for Zephyr High School starting at 7 p.m. Earlier this season, Castle Hills (13-0) defeated Heritage 41-27 in the regular season.

Two years ago, Heritage topped Granbury Happy Hill 68-18 to take the state title. However, last year saw the Eagles drop a 60-14 game to another District 4 foe, Seguin Lifegate.

In all, Heritage currently holds five state titles (in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011).

Talking about his team’s goals for this season, Eagle head coach Tim Shipman that “one goal is to glorify Christ in everything we do from how hard we work to the things we say and do on and off the football field.”

When it comes to the major on-field goal, Shipman added that “at the top of our competitive pyramid is to win the state championship. We are a different and better team each week. They are running a great race and now we have put ourselves in a position to win it all.”


Heritage 46, Lubbock Kingdom Prep 28

After staking itself to a 16-0 lead in the opening period, Heritage School had to withstand a fierce comeback bid by Lubbock Kingdom Preparatory Academy to pull out a 46-28 victory Monday night in TAPPS six-man football Division II semifinal action.

Jacob Huser got the Eagles off to a quick start when he carried the ball 23 yards for his team’s initial touchdown, this coming with 6:24 showing on the first quarter clock.

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