2012-10-18 / Sports

Heritage nabs 28-14 homecoming win

BY CHRIS SCHANZ Freelance Writer


Heritage running back Brian Cole evades a Saginaw High defender Friday night at Heritage High School. Cole finished with 100 yards on 16 carries and also completed 1-of-4 passes for 14 yards and a TD as Heritage beat Saginaw High 28-14. Heritage running back Brian Cole evades a Saginaw High defender Friday night at Heritage High School. Cole finished with 100 yards on 16 carries and also completed 1-of-4 passes for 14 yards and a TD as Heritage beat Saginaw High 28-14. Although a winning season is out of the picture, Don Maloney and the Heritage football team continue to meet their secondary goals as the Hawks defeated Saginaw High 28-14 Friday at Heritage High School.

“Every season one of our goals is to beat our rival schools, or neighborhood games,” Maloney said. “It means a great deal to us to win both of our games against Arthur Hill and Saginaw.”

The Hawks downed the Trojans in front of a Homecoming crowd, which marks the 25th Homecoming celebration for Heritage. The school was formed in 1988 after a merger between Douglas MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools.

“I was very happy for our athletes to get that win on their homecoming,” Maloney said.


Heritage running back Marquin Evans bowls over a Saginaw High defender on one of his 18 carries Friday night at Heritage High School. Evans rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns as Heritage beat Saginaw High 28-14. Heritage running back Marquin Evans bowls over a Saginaw High defender on one of his 18 carries Friday night at Heritage High School. Evans rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns as Heritage beat Saginaw High 28-14. Generally a run-heavy offense, Heritage was able to move the ball effectively through the air and on the ground, passing for 159 yards and rushing for 210 yards.

“(Quarterback) Steven Van Tiflin had a great game for us,” Maloney said. “He has taken control of the offense as our signal caller. He has been delivering the ball well to our receivers.”

Van Tiflin finished 7-of-18 passing for 145 yards including a touchdown and an interception. Brian Cole, a threat to throw out of the backfield as a running back, was 1-of-4 passing for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Brock Makaric caught four passes for 41 yards and two scores, a 9-yard grab from Van Tiflin and 14-yard catch from Cole. Cole had three catches for 76 yards.

“The passing game has opened up our run game a little bit and that has helped Marquin Evans have a quality game with two rushing touchdowns,” Maloney said.

Evans opened the scoring for the Hawks on an 18-yard run down the sideline in the first quarter.

He added another score early in the second quarter on a 3-yard run. He finished with 51 yards on 18 carries, and Cole added 100 yards on 16 carries.

The only scoring plays for the Trojans came with a 21-point Heritage lead. The first on an 87-yard fumble recovery and an 80-yard kickoff return, both in the 4th quarter.

Despite winning their Homecoming and defeating their rival schools, there are three goals Maloney has left for his Hawks going into their last game of the season against Mt. Pleasant.

“We are playing for pride,” Maloney said. “Four wins is much better than three wins. Secondly, we want to continue to get better for our underclassmen andbuild some momentum into next season. Lastly, we would like to be the spoiler for Mt. Pleasant going to the playoffs.

“That is our motivation; beat a playoff contending team and program to send our seniors out on the right note.”

Heritage hosts the Oilers tomorrow night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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