Heritage Hall 50, Sulphur 14
Conner Carey scored five total touchdowns, all in the first half, as Heritage Hall rolled to a fourth state title in five seasons.
Conner Carey was just getting started when Mother Nature delayed his team’s early momentum.
Upon resumption, he picked right back up where he started.
Carey scored five total touchdowns, all in the first half, as Heritage Hall rolled to a 50-14 victory over Sulphur in the Class 3A Championship game at Western Heights High School.
Carey, a senior, finished the first half with 148 total yards on 19 touches. He scored the opening touchdown on a 43-yard pass from Jackson Jobe before another round of heavy rain and lightning sent the teams back to the locker room.
When play resumed, Carey scored on four of Heritage Hall’s next five drives.
“He’s a superstar,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said.
“It’s been awesome to watch him grow up this year and coach him. He’s been incredible. He showed up in the biggest moments at the biggest times and led us to a state championship.”
The win gives Heritage Hall consecutive state titles and four titles in the past five seasons. It won the Class 4A title last season before dropping to 3A this season.
“We graduated 14 seniors last year and had only five this year,” Bogert said.
“They had big shoes to fill, and all five stepped up and led us to the victory. It’s been a great group.”
Sulphur’s offense was competitive on the first two drives, picking up a first down on each, but a fumbled snap and a blocked punt ended both drives while also giving Heritage Hall excellent field position for its subsequent touchdowns.
The only first-half drive Heritage Hall was forced to punt still indirectly led to points, for Sulphur snapped a shotgun snap over quarterback Cole Johnson’s head for a safety three plays after the punt.
Weather delayed the game twice. An 80-minute delay moved kickoff back to 8:20 p.m., and then another 38-minute delayed ensued after Heritage Hall’s game-opening touchdown drive, which lasted on 2:26 on the game clock.
“When the game got delayed a second time, we tried to keep the energy up in the locker room and stay focused,” Carey said. “We had the 0-0 mentality the entire game.”
Heritage Hall’s Conner Carey celebrates winning the Class 3A title against Sulphur on Friday at Western Heights.