Eagles soar to 3-0 start this season

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HERITAGE FOOTBALL

Another Friday means another dominant win by Heritage.

The Eagles needed three quarters to beat San Antonio Castle Hills, 45-0, on Friday, Sept. 13, in San Antonio.

Heritage flew out to a fast start during the team’s first trip away from home this season.

“This was our first road game and I thought we did a good job of managing a road trip,” coach Tim Shipman said. “There were a few bumps here and there but for the first road trip, it went pretty good. I really appreciate the way that our captains led. They stepped up and used their experience to maintain steadiness and focus with the team. Each week we are making less mental errors and playing a little better.

“We still must stay hungry and push ourselves as we are very early in the season.”

Sophomore John Fritzsch ran two times for 99 yards and two scores, and senior Luke Roberts finished with 61 rushing yards on five carries, including two TDs.

The Eagles scored from the first play of scrimmage and never looked back.

Junior Joshua Hoermann found sophomore Caden Bray for a 44-yard touchdown pass and Sam Richburg converted the PAT kick to give Heritage the early lead, 8-0.

Fritzsch and Roberts both scored rushing touchdowns on the following two drives to extend the lead to 23 points.

Heritage scored three more times in the contest, ending the game on a 14-yard TD pass from Richburg to Finn Sawtelle.

The third win helped push Heritage to the No. 2 spot in sixmanfootball.com’s TAPPS DIII rankings, right behind defending champs Baytown Christian.

Shipman says the team has pushed hard during the early part of the season.

“These guys are very coachable,” he said. “They are getting pushed very hard by the coaching staff right now. Their response has been exactly what we would ask for. It’s not always fun when practice is harder than the game but that is very important right now. They are embracing where we are and where we need to get to.”

The team gets an open week before returning for the first of four straight road games without a week off.

“We have been grinding very hard the past six weeks,” Shipman said. “This open week comes at a perfect time for us to assess, adjust, refresh and revisit all aspects of our game. It will also give us a much-needed rest.”

The Eagles’ (3-0) next contest is against the Medina Bobcats (1-2) starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in Medina.

Heritage 45, Castle Hills 0

Score By Quarters

Heritage 23 8 14 x – 45

Castle Hills 0 0 0 x – 0

First quarter

Heritage-Caden Bray 44-yard TD pass from Joshua Hoermann (Sam Richburg PAT), 9:50.

Heritage-John Fritzsch 58-yard TD run (Richburg PAT), 7:25.

Heritage-Luke Roberts 13-yard TD run (Roberts pass from Richburg), 3:55.

Second quarter

Heritage-Roberts 4-yard TD run (Richburg PAT), 4:55.

Third quarter

Heritage-Fritzsch 41-yard TD run (Hoermann pass from Fritzsch), 7:18.

Heritage-Finn Sawtelle 14-yard TD pass from Richburg (Aidan Hickey pass from Richburg), 0:30.

Statistics

Heritage Castle Hills 256-17 Yards Rushing-Carries 55-18 68 Yards Passing 46 4-6 Passes Comp-Att. 8-13 0 Passes Intercepted 1 325 Total Offense 101 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-35 Penalty Yards 6-30 11 First Downs 3

Rushes-Yards

Heritage-Jack Henderson 5-68; Luke Roberts 5-61 2 TD; Josh Tabor 3-18; John Fritzsch 2-99 2 TD; Joshua Hoermann 1-11; Caden Bray 1-(-)1.

Castle Hills: Noah Polanco 9-29; Matthew Blue 5-12; Caleb Ortiz 4-14.

Passes-Yards-Interceptions

Heritage–Sam Richburg 3-5-25 TD; Hoermann 1-1-44 TD.

Castle Hills-Polanco 7-12-52-1; Blue 1-1-(-)6.

Pass Receiving-Yards

Heritage-Bray 2-46; Finn Sawtelle 2-21 TD.

Interceptions

Heritage-Josh Tabor 1.