Pats improve to 6-0, Raiders fight past Marksmen

From Herald Staff Reports

Friday night was a big night in the Pocket Athletic conference for football with two big games for Heritage Hills and Southridge. Here’s a brief rundown of how those games turned out.

Pats remain undefeated


Class 3A No. 5 Heritage Hills knew it was going to have a tough test against No. 7 Gibson Southern — the Patriots hadn’t defeated the Titans since a 38-33 victory at Fort Branch in 2014.

But thanks to 319 rushing yards and three takeaways, Heritage Hills remains undefeated after their 31-7 rout over the Titans, their first 6-0 start since 2007.

The Pats jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 5:44 left in the first quarter as quarterback Cole Sigler scrambled into the endzone for a nine-yard score.

The Patriots found themselves up 17-0 rather quickly in the second quarter after a one-yard scamper from Phoenix Rodgers and a 21-yard field goal from Carson Leibering. The Titans did finally get the board with 1:39 left in the first half as freshman quarterback Brady Allen found Ben Butler for a 65-yard touchdown to make it 17-7 at the break.

But the second half was all Patriots as Cade Jones ran in a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 24-7 and Kyndell Carter’s two-yard dash with 4:29 left in the game sealed the deal for the 31-7 victory.

Jacob Wetzel led the Pats in rushing yards with 116 while Cole Sigler (80) and Kyndell Carter (75) also had solid games. Defensively, Jones had an interception and Carter had a fumble recovery.

Next week, the Patriots will do battle with Class 2A No. 5 Southridge (5-1, 4-0) with a potential PAC conference championship title on the line.

Strong second half carries Raiders


Class 2A No. 5 Southridge (5-1, 4-0) was locked in tough battle with PAC foe Tell City (2-4, 1-3) as they led just 10-6 at halftime but the Raiders 14-point third quarter proved to be a difference maker in their 31-18 victory at Legion Field on Friday.

The Raiders started out solid as sophomore quarterback Colson Montgomery rushed in for a 7-yard touchdown to put Southridge ahead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

However, Tell City senior Dustin Hunt was gearing up for the night of his life as the Marksmen running back broke off a 52-yard touchdown to put Tell City within one (the two-point conversion attempt failed). Jeovany Dubon sent a 31-yard field goal through the uprights with five minutes left in the half to put the Raiders up 10-6 at the break.

Colson Montgomery and Cole Calvert would both rush for six-yard touchdowns in the third quarter to put the Raiders up 24-12 heading into the final period but once again, Tell City wouldn’t go away as Hunt’s 66-yard touchdown with 11:05 to play brought the Marksmen back within one score.

But Southridge would seal their fate with a 35-yard touchdown rush from Calvert and come away victorious with a road win.

Montgomery was 6-of-13 passing with 66 yards while rushing for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Calvert had 195 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns while he also led in receiving yards with 38. Tell City’s Dustin Hunt rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 10 attempts in the loss for the Marksmen.

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