Patriots roll, Rangers struggle in opening week

From Herald Staff Reports

For two Pocket Athletic Conference football teams, Friday night went in completely different directions.

The Heritage Hills Patriots were ecstatic with their performance as they cruised to a 45-7 victory over Mount Vernon while Forest Park struggled in a 48-0 loss to Class 3A powerhouse Gibson Southern in Ferdinand.

Here’s a brief rundown of Friday night’s prep sports action:



Patriots overpower Wildcats: Heritage Hills was clicking on all cylinders en route to their 45-7 victory over Mount Vernon on Friday night in Lincoln City. No matter what the Patriots tried, it seemed the Wildcats had no answer.

Cole Sigler got things going in the first quarter as he threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cade Jones to make it 10-0 Patriots and soon after Sigler had a 7-yard touchdown run of his own to make it 17-0.

Mount Vernon climbed back in it with a 74-yard touchdown from Sam Thomas to make it just a 10-point deficit but the Wildcats wouldn’t find the end zone again.

Sigler would go on to add another 24-yard rushing TD which made it 24-7 Pats while Jacob Wetzel and Phoenix Rodgers also had rushing TDs. Cody Frakes 56-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the Patriot victory and was the final score for either team.


Titans stymie Rangers: Forest Park had their hands full early and often in a 48-0 loss to Class 3A No. 7 Gibson Southern on Friday night in Ferdinand as the Rangers struggled to slow down the Titans offensive attack.

Ranger head coach Ross Fuhs was impressed with the Rangers first quarter play defensively but once Forest Park made a few bad plays in the second quarter, everything seemed to snowball.

A couple of interceptions, a blocked punt and a few botched snaps gave the Titans good field position often in the quarter as Gibson Southern scored 28 points in the second period.

Fuhs has faith in his running backs (Drew Day, Gavin Pierce, Jake Begle) and their ability to break tackles and get big gains but says they need to create more opportunities and holes for the running backs to show their abilities.

Boys Soccer
Jeeps 0, Spartans 0: In a defensive battle, Northeast Dubois and South Knox played to a 0-0 draw in a Blue Chip conference battle.

Northeast Dubois had a total of 11 shots but just couldn’t get any to quite get in the back of the net. Both teams had the opportunity to create chances but neither could finish throughout both halves, leading to the draw.

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