Heritage to play for state title Saturday

By Danny Hirt

Despite weather-related delays that have affected the TAPPS six-man football playoffs of late, recent rescheduling has not hurt Heritage School’s chance for a sixth state title, according to the Eagles’ head coach Tim Shipman.

Last Saturday’s Division II championship game between Heritage and San Antonio Castle Hills First Baptist Academy was postponed until this Saturday, Dec. 14, due to wintry weather at the site — Zephyr ISD Stadium.

Now that things have blown over for now, the contest is back on, slated now for Saturday, Dec. 14, with a 6 p.m. kickoff.

“The delay actually helps us,” Shipman said. “We were looking at having four days of recovery and practice time (following Heritage’s 46-28 semifinal victory over Lubbock Kingdom Preparatory Academy Monday on Dec. 2). Fortunately for us, the weather postponed the state game that was to be played on Dec. 7. TAPPS decided to bump the game to the Dec. 14. Although this gives us 11 days between games, it gives us ample time to heal up and install our game plan.”

But the Eagle coach also realizes the layoff can cause problems.

“The challenge is to stay focused and crisp. The nice part is San Antonio Castle Hills is facing the same challenge in the delay,” the coach noted.

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