The 2021 football season came to an end for both Heritage and Liberty’s football teams after a spirited battle in the annual Brentwood Bowl. Although both teams left their hearts on the field, the Lions managed to make a statement with a 28-14 victory over Heritage.

On Nov. 5, the schools kicked off the festivities early with a spirit day competition commencing with the first bell. Although Liberty took the trophy in the football game, Heritage surpassed them in their “blackout” spirit.

With both sides decked out in the appropriate school colors, the stands quickly filled with spirited students, ready to cheer on their team.

Among the leaders of Heritage’s young team was Anthony Meadows, senior captain, defensive end and right guard, who, among a handful of his peers, experienced a bittersweet end to high school football. Asked what emotions he experienced playing that night, Meadows responded, “No one emotion can properly encompass what [he] was feeling… happiness, sadness, regret and pride.”

Due to the delayed fall 2020 season, half of the senior class’ football careers were compressed into the span of a handful of months. Thus, many players were not given the due time to process the end until it arrived.

Although Heritage entered the game with the better record, Liberty leveled the playing field and both teams stepped off the field with a 5-5 record in league play.

– Aisling Bonal

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