Heritage football out after semis loss
The dream of a seventh TAPPS state six-man football championship went down the tubes Friday evening when the Heritage Eagles dropped 46-32 decision to Bulverde Bracken Christian School.
The semifinal contest was played at San Antonio Christian School.
The Warriors will now take on Waco Live Oak Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Midway High School field in Waco for the state title. Live Oak punched its ticket to the finals by defeating Plainview Christian, 74-28, on Friday evening.
Last weekend’s match-up marked the second time this season that Heritage and Bracken faced each other. The two schools, both members of District 5-1A, played each other on Nov. 3 in Fredericksburg.
That game, which determined the district champion, was won by the Warriors, 64-16.
“You could not ask a group of boys to play with any more heart than they played with tonight,” said the Eagles’ head coach Tim Shipman of his troops. “We talk a lot about playing with the heart of a lion and that is what happened tonight.”
Bulverde Bracken 46, Heritage School 32
Although playing with a reduced roster and younger team due to the injury bug, Heritage managed to stay close to Bracken throughout much of the game, waiting for that one explosive moment when the Eagles could make their move.
Unfortunately for Heritage, that moment never happened, as the Eagles lost to the Warriors by a 46-32 margin.
“The young players did a lot of growing up during this ‘second season’ we call the playoffs,” Shipman said. “All year long, this team has had to find ways to win. The injuries piled up and it was ‘next man up.’”
It was the youth factor that ultimately led to the Eagles’ downfall in the form of lost possession due to four of five turnovers — two lost fumbles and a pair of pass interceptions. It was those miscues that let Bracken score 30 points, slightly more than twice the margin of loss.
In a hard-fought battle, it was Heritage that struck first when, after holding the Warriors on their early possessions, scored a touchdown on a Noah Given pass to teammate Jackson Abel from 15 yards out.
Given’s aerial was actually tipped by Bracken defender Isaiah Stirm, giving Abel enough time to relocate the ball’s position then making an amazing catch just inside the right front corner of the endzone.
Josh Hoermann connected on the two-point conversion kick to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead with 3:32 left in the opening period.
Hoermann topped all Heritage runners by grinding out 117 ground yards on 15 rushes. He tallied a pair of TDs in the game on runs of three, then nine, yards.
But Bracken wasted little time in responding when, 30 seconds later, the Warriors’ Travis Wolf tossed a short pass to Presley Day who then outran the Heritage defense on what turned out to be a 67-yard pass play.