• Lane Sawtelle (30) and Josh Hoermann (12) combine for the sack. Sawtelle led the Eagles’ defense with nine total tackles. — Photo by Lindy Segall
  • Josh Hoermann (12) takes a pass from brother Jon in for a Heritage score during the team’s 52-46 win over Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Gobbler Stadium in Cuero. Josh ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns, and also threw two touchdown passes against Brazosport Christian. — Photo by Lindy Segall

Eagles look for revenge in semifinal

The Heritage Eagles led only twice in Saturday’s TAPPS sixman football playoff game, but that was enough as they defeated Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian School 52-46 in the regional round of the 1A Division 3 playoffs.

The game was played in Cuero High School’s Gobbler Stadium.

With the win, Heritage has earned the opportunity to exact a bit of revenge as they’ll be playing fellow District 5 member Bulverde Bracken Christian School in the state semifinal round.

It was Bracken that handed the Eagles one of their two season losses so far this year — a 64-16 setback on Nov. 3.

Bracken qualified for next week’s rendezvous by topping New Braunfels Christian School 74-58 over the weekend.

The day, location and kickoff time have not yet been determined.

“When they (Bracken) jumped on us in our district game, we were hoping we would get another shot at them in the playoffs,” said Heritage head coach Tim Shipman. “They are a great football team and it will take a special game from us to topple them.”

But the Eagles’ mentor went on to say that Bracken is not unbeatable. “We are excited to get another shot at them. It’s hard to beat someone twice in one year. That is in the back of their heads.”

Heritage School 52, Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian 46

Trailing by as much as 18 points in the second period (32-14), Heritage made a game of it by reeling off three consecutive touchdowns later in an eight-minute span — thanks to a pair of Josh Hoermann rushing tallies (of 46 and three yards) and a Josh Hoermann-to-Jackson Abel pass that covered 50 yards — to come away with an eightpoint lead (46-38) with 7:59 left in the contest.

That’s when the drama kicked into high gear.

Holding a tenuous lead with less than three minutes to go, the Eagles seemed to have things under control. That is, until Brazosport’s Camden Sargent stepped in front of a pass intended for a Heritage receiver at his own 16 and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown.

The conversion kick was good, leaving the scoreboard knotted at 46-46.

With both teams looking squarely in the eyes of a possible overtime situation, the Eagles kept marching downfield as time slipped off the clock.

Heritage managed to keep its final possession alive, eventually scoring the winning points when Josh Hoermann powered over from two yards out with only nine seconds remaining, giving the Eagles their final 52-46 victory margin.

“Simply put, these young men found a way to win,” Shipman said of his troops. “The most important thing this time of year is finding a way to move to the next week. We did that tonight. It wasn’t always pretty, but we found a way to make one more plan than them.”

But the Eagles’ mentor knew his players faced a tough and talented opponent.

“Credit to Lake Jackson for having a good game plan and taking advantage of our mistakes,” Shipman said.

Josh Hoermann was the game’s leading rusher with 192 yards on 23 carries. Meanwhile, his brother, Jonathan, added another 86 yards on seven carries.

As a tandem, the brothers were involved with all seven of Heritage’s touchdowns, either by running or passing.

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