The Eagles drew one step closer to their ultimate goal: state title glory.
Heritage football steamrolled past Faustina Academy, 52-3, in the second round of the TAPPS DIII playoffs Friday in Gustine.
“This was a very good football team that we dismantled tonight,” coach Tim Shipman said. “Irving has a really good spread game, and they understand the concepts they are trying to accomplish. Our defense played very disciplined football. We swarmed the football and created turnovers.”
Heritage (11-0) scored 46 points before Faustina made a 24-yard field goal 10 seconds before halftime.
Sophomore John Fritzsch ran for a 45-yard TD early in the third quarter to end the game through the 45-point mercy rule.
Fritzsch scored three rushing touchdowns and gained 114 yards on seven carries to lead Heritage.
Junior Josh Hoermann ran for two touchdowns and sophomore Jack Henderson added one.
Sophomore Caden Bray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Aidan Hickey in the first quarter.
Hoermann and senior Noah Given led the team with seven tackles each.
Heritage’s next game comes against district rival Cedar Park Summit in the state semifinals on Friday, Nov. 29.
Summit (9-3) upset defending state champs Baytown Christian Academy, 72-22, to set up a rematch against the Eagles.
“This is a great reason why you play David and Goliath games,” Shipman said. “On any given day, anybody can beat their opponent. Cedar Park is an improved team compared to the first time we played them. They have weapons and their using them well.”
The time and location are to be determined.