As has often been the case during Heritage’s football season, the Patriots started slow against Edison last Friday.
But consistent with their slow starts are the Patriots’ overpowering second halves – and they enjoyed another one of those in their homecoming game against the visiting Vikings.
Heritage went into the locker room at halftime up 14-7 but scored early and often in the second half en route to a 49-19 victory. Senior running back Aidan Quinn led the charge, scoring all three of his touchdowns after halftime.
“I think it was the mentality that we could dominate this team up front,” Quinn said, talking about the differences between the first and second halves. “And it showed. The big boys got it done up front. I can’t take all the credit. My big boys got it done for me up front and after that, it was off to the races. I had great holes to run through because of them.”
The other three Patriots’ touchdowns all came via senior quarterback Luke Lang. An interception by senior defensive back Josh Wishom set Heritage up for the game’s first touchdown, a 10-yard run from Lang. The Patriots went up 14-0 in the second when Lang and senior receiver Hasaan Williams connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The two connected again in the second half on a 58-yard bomb. Heritage closed out its scoring on a 39-yard pass from Lang to Wishom.
A key to the Patriots overcoming their slow offensive starts this season has been the play of the defense. That was no different on Friday. Heritage forced two first half interceptions, including one that set up the game’s first score.
Edison did score a late first half touchdown to make it a one score game going into the locker room. But the Vikings wouldn’t find the end zone again until the outcome of the game had long been decided.
“Our mindset is that we’re trying to work on being a first half team and not a second half team,” senior linebacker Nick Falardo said. “Our defense just needs to step up and play until the offense can make some moves. I think our team played well, as a unit, as one. And we’re just coming closer and closer every day.”
The win moved Heritage to 4-0 on the season. The Patriots have only a road game at Berkeley to play before opening their Bay Valley Athletic League slate Sept. 29 against Liberty.
Coach Don Sanders noted, in terms of how they play, Edison is a similar team to what Heritage will see when the league schedule begins.
“We just had to adjust to their speed, which helps. We’ve got the BVAL coming, and they’re fast all over,” Sanders said. “I’m very happy with the second half, and I think overall, it was a good game for us.”