HERITAGE HITS 3-0 AFTER BIG WIN OVER PACE ON FRIDAY
DELRAY BEACH — The last time American Heritage started a season 3-0, the current team’s seniors were sixth-graders, sitting in the stands and watching Greg Bryant and Desmond Cain tear up the field.
The Stallions, ranked third in the state Class 3A poll, took a step toward returning to that level of play Friday night with a 42-7 rout of visiting Miami-Monsignor Pace. After a two-year stretch in which they went 7-12, the Stallions improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2012.
“We’ll have to show the world, shock the world,” senior running back Dallis Small said. “Shock the nation.”
Junior quarterback Zach Bohannon, in his first year at Heritage after transfer- ring from Saint John Paul II Academy, led the way early. The junior was 11 of 18 for 267 yards, including two TD passes in the first half.
gave him some time,” Stallions coach Keith Hindsley said. “Our O-line played very well. We’ve got two sophomores who start, that have come to play. When we give time and become two-dimensional, where we can throw and run, that’s going to be tough on some teams.”
Both Bohannon touchdowns came on passes to Conner Hindsley. The second time, Bohannon hit Hindsley while throwing from his end zone. He hit a sprinting Hindsley for a 95-yard score.
Dallis Small also had a strong night, rushing for 126 yards on 14 carries and one TD.
“He’s evolved our offense, becoming a threat,” Keith Hindsley said. “Teams have got to defend him.”
The Stallions also scored on special teams, as sophomore Deion Small, Dallis’ younger brother, scored on a 55-yard punt return. He had a longer punt return called back on a penalty.
“He plays like a senior,” Keith Hindsley said. “He’s electric.”
On defense, the story was the same: Heritage dominated Pace (3-1). The Stallions forced a safety on the first drive, and the Spartans mounted only one successful drive.
Pace did not complete a pass until late in the third quarter, and the Spartans finished with only 117 yards in total offense — 66 coming on two long runs.
“I always tell them, if you’re mentally prepared, you can play fast,” Keith Hindsley said. “And that’s how we win games.”
American Heritage junior quarterback Zachary Bohannon threw two first-half TD passes Friday against Miami-Monsignor Pace.