2017-09-07 / Sports

Heritage football falls to Powers in double OT

By Lamont Lenar


Kelan Johnson returns the opening kickoff for Heritage against Flint Powers on Aug. 31. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Kelan Johnson returns the opening kickoff for Heritage against Flint Powers on Aug. 31. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Heritage football team traveled to Flint and took on Powers Catholic, on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Hawks opened with an early lead, but the Chargers came back and forced the game into double overtime, taking the 37-34 win.

Neither team was able to get the ball moving in the first quarter until Powers drove down to the Heritage five yard line. The Hawk defenders stuffed the run on the next play with the Chargers fumbling for the turnover.

Heritage then drove down and scored a field goal with 1:29 left in the opening quarter for the 3-0 lead.

The Hawks held Powers to four plays and out on its next two drives, while the Hawks scored on their next two possessions.

Heritage went 60 yards with Gavin Gore running the ball in from the two, for the score and a 10-0 advantage.

Powers, on its next drive, went for it on fourth down with a pass play, but was unable to get the completion, giving the Hawks the ball.


Heritage’s Majestik Dudley runs past the Powers defender during the Aug. 31 game in Flint. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage’s Majestik Dudley runs past the Powers defender during the Aug. 31 game in Flint. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage then drove down with Gohr running in for the score from the 18, to go up 17-0.

The Chargers got on the board with 1:53 left in the second on a six-yard run to make the score 17-7 at the half.

Flint Powers would score first in the second half, putting together an eight play drive to score on a two-yard run, to pull within three, 17-14.

The Hawks responded, scoring in just three plays on their next drive, capped with a 23 yard pass from Keegan Robertson to Majestik Dudley for the 24-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Chargers would score on an eight-yard pass for the touchdown to get within three once again, 24-21.

Powers tied the game, 24-24, with a 32 yard field goal with 4:15 left in the game.


Students use cell phones for light when the power went out with 55 seconds left in regulation at Atwood Stadium in Flint, during Heritage’s Aug. 31 game against Powers Catholic. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Students use cell phones for light when the power went out with 55 seconds left in regulation at Atwood Stadium in Flint, during Heritage’s Aug. 31 game against Powers Catholic. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage had the final drive of regulation, driving down to the 34 yard line with 55 seconds to play, when the lights went out in Atwood Stadium. It was reported a car hit a telephone pole in the area, causing the power outage.

After the delay, the Hawks were assessed a 10 yard penalty, pushing them back to the 44 yard line. Heritage gained seven yards on the next two plays and attempted a 50-plus yard field goal with time expiring that fell short, sending the game into overtime.

Powers got the ball first in OT, scoring on its third play from the 10 yard line, for its first lead of the game, 31-24

The Hawks scored on their second play, with Gohr running it in from the four, tying the game once again 31-31.


E.J. Dunn breaks up the Flint Powers pass in the end zone during the Hawks’ Aug. 31 game. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar E.J. Dunn breaks up the Flint Powers pass in the end zone during the Hawks’ Aug. 31 game. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage got the ball first in the second overtime and scored a field goal, to go up 34-31.

The Chargers then scored on their first play from the 10 for the 37-31 win.

Heritge coach Joe Willey said, “The team played their hearts out tonight.”

Coach Willey pointed out the improvement the team has made over the last three years since he started, going from losing 47-0 in his first year to Powers, and losing 56-34 last year. Even though the team went to double OT this year, he really wanted the win for the team, but also said he is excited for the rest of the season.

Gavin Gohr ran for 123 and three touchdowns with 51 yards receiving, and Keegan Robertson threw for 141 yards and a touchdown.



Officials and coaches wait, under moonlight, for the lights to come back on after a power outage at Atwood Stadium in Flint, during Heritage’s Aug. 31 game against Powers Catholic. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Officials and coaches wait, under moonlight, for the lights to come back on after a power outage at Atwood Stadium in Flint, during Heritage’s Aug. 31 game against Powers Catholic. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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