starters would put one more score on the board as Bryan’s final pass of the night went for a 14-yard touchdown to Noah Boaz with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The back-ups would account for the final points of the night on a 14-yard run by freshman quarterback Nick Hanson with 2:28 to play.
Southeast’s final TD came on a 12-yard pass from Johnson to Oscar Gonzalez late in the third quarter with Heritage’s No. 2’s in the game on defense.
Grant finished with
123 yards on just three catches, while Bryan paced the running game with 44 yards on five carries. Johnson was 19-of-32 for 204 yards for the Raiders, while Landon Eaton had seven catches for 87 yards. However, Southeast finished with just two net yards on the ground on 25 attempts.
“Individually there are a lot of guys that are developing,” Slaughter said. “Blake just continues to get better and the guys around him just continue to get better. The offensive line is improving and Coach (Chris) Hight is doing a tremendous job with our special teams. We take a lot of pride in our special teams and
they did a heck of a job tonight.”
With the win, Heritage moved to 2-0 in Region 6-AAAA and improved to 6-0 for the first time in school history. Still, with a big game looming at Northwest Whitfield next Friday, Slaughter said his team still has a lot to improve on as they get deeper into the region slate.
“We had some penalties and we had some busts defensively,” Slaughter said. “We are getting better, but we’ve got some good teams coming up in the next few weeks and we can’t have things like that if we want to compete for a region championship.”