The Heritage Patriots varsity football team suffered its second loss of the season at the school's first-ever homecoming game. The 13-36 loss to the Pittsburg Pirates started off with an exciting touchdown by Jordan Heald Mullins four minutes into the first quarter.
The Patriot defense held off an answering drive, forcing the Pirates to settle for a field goal at the close of the first quarter. The second quarter started with a yawn, as both teams struggled back and forth with the ball.
After what seemed an eternity, Pittsburg was finally able to score a touchdown from the 1-yard line, closing out the first half with a 10-3 lead.
In the second half, Pittsburg remembered its passing game and put another 26 points on the board to seal the victory. Despite impressive runs by Deshaun McCoy and Anthony Jackson, the Patriots were unable to punch through the tough but jumpy Pittsburg defense.
With only 45 seconds left in the game, Cody Cox tacked another six points onto the Heritage side of the scoreboard, ending the contest on an up-note for the Patriots. Next week the Patriots travel to Ohmstead field to defend their Brentwood Bowl title against the Liberty Lions.
Contributed by Ruth N. Buzzard