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RALEIGH — Heritage’s defense posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2017 after their football squad took down Sanderson 22-0 on the road Friday night.
The Huskies pounded the Spartans with nine total sacks and three interceptions. Marco Patierno and Corey Peterson both recorded two sacks each for Heritage. Marques Roper, Brodrick Gooch and Riley Tripp all hauled in one interception each.
Heritage head coach Wallace Clark said the defensive players did a great job of preparing for their opponent leading up to the road matchup.
“We had a great week of practice and the players seem to have watched a lot of film,” Clark said. “As a staff, we saw a lot of coming together as a team this past week. The offensive unit did a good job being the scout team during practice.”
Offensively, Heritage got off to a slow start. They led 9-0 at halftime. Then in the second half, the Huskies scored two touchdowns. One was off a rushing touchdown from Jalen Campbell and the other was a rushing touchdown by Trey Holloway. Campbell led Heritage with 117 yards on eight carries.
Heritage quarterback Walker Harris threw for 140 yards and Whit Kane led the squad with 78 receiving yards on six receptions.
The player of the game was Heritage kicker Ben Steele, who knocked in three field goals in the first half and made all of his extra points in the second half.
“Ben Steele put us in a great position all night,” Clark said. “He did a great job kicking off. This gave our defense an opportunity to make Sanderson start on their 20-yard line. He also put us on the scoreboard, which lead to good offensive drives.”
With the win, Heritage improved to 2-1 overall after back-to-back shutout wins. The Huskies will try to keep their streak going when they play Millbrook at home Friday night at 7 p.m.
“There is always room for improvement this early in the season,” Clark said. “As a staff, we have discussed winning the special teams. We have to take a close look at the number of penalties, which any coach knows will kill a positive drive.”