Experienced Group of Seniors Keys 7-0 Start For Heritage
Ringgold, GA-(WDEF) Heritage has kicked it into high gear this season.
Their offense has scored 42 or more points in their last five games, and their defense pitched a shut-out during that span.
But the 7-0 Generals know they’ll get their biggest test of the season tonight against unbeaten Ridgeland.
Heritage notched their first ever playoff win last season, and with 17 starters back this season, head coach E-K Slaughter felt pretty good about his Generals.
Said Slaughter:”Hats off to this group of seniors. They’ve had a lot of success during their career in the last several years. They’re used to winning.”
Heritage had to replace quarterback Corbee Willson, who signed with Berry college.
But the Generals haven’t missed a beat with senior Blake Bryan, who already has a thousand yards passing this year.
Said Bryan:”Obviously there’s a little nerves there, but I was more excited than anything. I’ve been playing with these guys for four years. I was more excited than anything just to play with them and play quarterback this year.”
The difference with this year’s Heritage team is defense.
Said Slaughter:”Our defense has been really, really good. I think our varsity has given up four touchdowns in seven games.”
Reporter:”What has been the secret to the defense this year?”
Said linebacker Zaine Burton:”Hitting people in the mouth and just having that attitude that you’re not going to score on us, and if you do, it’s because you got a lucky play.”
Said Slaughter:”Yeah it allows you to relax offensively. You don’t have to press as much. You can play more complimentary football. Have more bounce with the run game. You don’t feel like you have to go out and score 35. You feel like you can win games in different ways. What we have done is we have scored in six different games, we’ve scored a non-offensive touchdown, which has been huge for us. That’s key for big games.”
Now the Generals hope it all comes together tonight in their showdown with Ridgeland.
Said Bryan:”Obviously it’s a region championship game, but we’re trying not to make it bigger than it is. Just take it as another game and see what happens.”