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“We talked about executing our assignments on the offensive line,” Lucas said. “When our offensive linemen pull and run harder, they can make big plays.” Even though Wake Forest held the lead the entire game, Heritage did not give up. The Huskies cut the deficit to 42-26 in the third quarter. However, the Cougars held strong in the fourth, keeping Heritage out of the end zone. Heritage quarterback Walker Harris threw four touchdown passes, but Wake Forest’s defense also intercepted him three times. Chance Smith and Watson picked off a pass and early in the third quarter, Damien Peacock returned an interception 25 yards for a pick-six touchdown. “We knew Heritage could strike at any time,” Lucas said. “They have a bunch of playmakers over there. Their quarterback, Walker Harris, can throw the ball all over the field. We wanted our guys to play all four quarters. We didn’t want to beat ourselves up when we gave up those big plays.” During halftime, Wake Forest honored former running back Bryce Love by retiring his jersey. Love was a Heisman Trophy runner-up as a running back at Stanford University. He is now a rookie in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. “When I became a head coach, there were certain things I wanted to check off my personal list,” Lucas said. “One of those things was to get guys in the NFL. If we got them there, I want to retire their jersey. That’s what tonight with Bryce Love was about.” Speaking of Wake Forest running backs, the Cougars will be without their star player Maquel Haywood for the rest of the season. The senior injured his knee earlier in the year and it turned out to be a torn ACL, meaning his high school playing career is over. Lucas said the players wanted to honor their teammate on senior night by getting the big win for him. “Maquel has put his heart into this program,” Lucas said. “His parents raised him the right way. He’s a professional high school student athlete. For him to tear his ACL again, I know he’s devastated. Having him hang in there says a lot about his character.” With their first NAC 6 conference loss of the season, Heritage dropped to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Huskies will still have a decent position to make a 4A state playoff run. With the NAC 6 conference championship win, Wake Forest finished the regular season 10-1 and undefeated in conference play at 5-0. Lucas said the players have to get ready for the postseason by doing what they do best: working on the fundamentals. “We want to heal up and figure out who are opponent is so we can study them,” Lucas said. “We have to focus on doing the little things right. We’ve gotten this far by focusing on the fundamentals of football.” “Our main thing going forward is to execute the plays,” Watson said. “We just have to keep running our game until it’s perfect.”