Eagles fall in state football championship

HERITAGE SCHOOL runner Chad Johnson escapes a would-be tackler during Saturday’s TAPPS Division II six-man football championship game with San Antonio Castle Hills. The school from the River City defeated the Eagles, 65-44, to earn this year’s title. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

There’s an old football bit of wisdom that says it’s better to win the second half than the first half.

Nothing was truer than that thought with regard Heritage School’s TAPPS Division II six-man football championship game against San Antonio Castle Hills Baptist School, a game that ended with Heritage losing by a 65-44 margin Saturday night.

The title game was played on the Zephyr High School field.

Castle Hills, which compiled a perfect 14-0 record on the year, was the District 4 regular season champion. Heritage (9-5), which also plays in the same league, finished as the district’s third seed in the playoffs.

Castle Hills defeated Heritage 41-27 when the two schools met earlier in the year.

This year’s contest marked the second time in as many seasons that the Eagles finished second in the state. In 2012, they lost to Seguin Lifegate by a 60-14 margin in a game also played in Zephyr.

“The toughest part of a loss like this is that we played the first half better than any game all season,” said Heritage head coach Tim Shipman. “We had them on the ropes but we didn’t play the second half the same way.”

The Eagles’ led by as many as 17 points (at 30-13) when Meek picked up a 21-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter. But Heritage was only able to cross the goal line once in the second half, that coming on a Meek run from the Castle Hills 29 with 7:45 left in the game. Although thoughts of a comeback were in the cold air, with the Eagles trailing by only seven points (51-44), Castle Hills scored twice more in the final five minutes to close the door on Heritage.

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