Pats can’t fend off rival Rebels

From Herald Staff Reports

Entering Friday, the Heritage Hills football team had felt the burden of three straight losses. Then the Patriots encountered South Spencer’s burden.

Specifically, Jake Burden, the Rebels’ hard-charging junior running back who scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:03 to play Friday night at Fred Ayer Field to nudge the Rebels past the Patriots 17-14 in the Spencer County War. Burden notched both South Spencer touchdowns as Patriot quarterback Logan Wilkerson threw for two touchdowns in an evenly played tussle decided on first-half field goals; the Rebels nailed their try while the Pats misfired on theirs.

Heritage Hills (2-7, 2-5 Pocket Athletic Conference) trailed 10-0 before lurching ahead 14-10 as Kenton Crews ran in a 43-yard reception and Logan Steckler scored on a 27-yard pass play. But the Rebels replied on their next drive as Burden, who ran for 128 yards on 26 carries, rumbled in from 30 yards out.

While the Pats managed just 18 rushing yards on the night, Wilkerson passed for 214 yards on 12-of-27 tries; he was also intercepted twice. Crews snatched seven passes worth 157 yards for the Pats, who will host Evansville Memorial (2-7) next Friday in the Class 3A sectional opener.

In other football:

Marksmen 47, Rangers 7: Elliott Brown bruised Forest Park for 266 yards and four touchdowns, piloting Tell City’s cruise past Forest Park at Legion Field. The Marksmen (6-3, 4-3 Pocket Athletic Conference) bounded to a 26-0 lead after one quarter, were in command 40-0 at halftime and chalked up 465 rushing yards to 163 for the Rangers.

Forest Park (2-7, 1-6) averted the shutout in the fourth quarter thanks to a 3-yard score by sophomore Josh Franchville.

The Rangers will visit Enlow Field next Friday for a Class 2A sectional opener against top-ranked Evansville Mater Dei, which capped an unbeaten regular season Friday by nipping Evansville Reitz 16-14.

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