Patriot ground attack too much for Chargers in rout

From Herald Staff Reports


The first three weeks of the season have gone about just as well as the Class 3A No. 10 Heritage Hills football team could have expected.

After their 62-2 rout of PAC foe Pike Central on Friday evening in Petersburg, the Patriots have now outscored their opponents so far this season 156 to 9.

Pike Central (0-3, 0-1) scored the opening points of the game as they forced a safety to make it 2-0 early but they wouldn’t score again. The Pats put up 13 points in the first quarter courtesy of a 59-yard touchdown run from Cole Sigler and a 1-yard punch on the ground from Kyndell Carter.

In the second quarter, it was more of the same as the Patriots ground game stayed strong with a 42-yard rushing touchdown from Gavin Vaal and a 6-yard touchdown from Cade Jones to make it 26-2 at halftime.

The second half started off with an outstanding showing by the Heritage Hills (3-0, 2-0) defense as Sigler intercepted Mario Fields for a touchdown to make it 33-2. Quickly after the pick-six, Jacob Wetzel took off for an 18-yard touchdown to make it 40-2. The Patriots would cap off the third quarter with a 60 yard punt return for a touchdown from Vaal to make it 47-2.

The Patriots would have one more big play as Zane Schaad took off 47 yards from scrimmage for a rushing touchdown to make it 54-2. The final touchdown of the game was scored by Phoenix Rodgers as he pushed it across from one-yard out.

310 of the Patriots 352 total yards of offense came on the ground as five players had over 30 yards rushing individually (Sigler, Vaal, Carter, Schaad, Jones).

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