Under the lights Friday night at Robert Reid Stadium, the Heritage Patriots offense ran the tables on the Rockdale County Bulldogs 34-7.
Leading the offensive onslaught for the Patriots were senior halfbacks Myron Fears and Mercer Bradley who combined for 36 total rushing yards. Bradley found the end zone first, on one of many goal line drives for the Patriots, with two minutes left in the first half on a 9-yard run.
The second half was filled with much of the same as the Patriots continued to punish the Bulldogs defensive line with their aggressive run first offense. Each run play brought the Patriots closer and closer to the end zone as their backfield continued to move the chains and rack up the yards.
Heritages defense contributed to their blowout win as well, as they recovered their fair share of fumbled kick returns and interceptions from the Bulldogs.
As distraught as they were on defense, the Bulldogs offense managed to muster up their only scoring drive of the night with just 51seconds left in the first half.
Tonight was definitely a one sided affair, with the Patriots having a clear cut advantage on both sides of ball.
Their offense was more than productive, pouring in more than 200 rushing yards between all of their backs. Their defense and special teams were all over the ball forcing turnovers left and right.
When asked of his team’s performance, first year head football coach Venson Elder wasn’t too pleased with the outcome.
“Our defense continued to play well, I mean, they were put in certain situations where we were turning the ball over,” said Elder. “Our offense has to step up. If we don’t score points, we can’t win. We can’t keep the defensive on the field all night. I’m challenging my offensive line and my offensive coaches to make some things happen.”
Rockdale County will be on the road next Friday facing Drew at the Southern Crescent Stadium and Heritage will play at home against Salem.