By: Chris Long and Joel Bryant
The roller coaster season continues. Entering the Homecoming game, Heritage sits with a 3-3 overall record and a 1-1 record in the Cap 8. After getting embarrassed by Leesville Road at home, Heritage chopped down Sanderson 35-21 last Thursday. On Friday, the Huskies will face the Enloe Eagles in front of a large Homecoming crowd. Coming off of a solid performance against Sanderson, expectations are high once again. It is imperative that the Huskies don’t expect to walk through Enloe. As we have seen, that does not always work out.
We are in dangerous territory as far as playoffs are concerned. Heritage MUST beat Enloe to keep their postseason hopes alive. Theoretically, wins against Enloe and Broughton would secure a playoff spot, as five wins is usually the threshold. A loss to Enloe would require the Huskies to defeat Wake Forest, Millbrook, or Wakefield.
William G. Enloe High School opened in 1962. The Eagles are a part of the Cap 8 Conference with fairly strong athletics. However, the football team has never been the strong suit of the school. The last time that the Eagles did not have a loosing record was the 2008 season, when they finished the year at .500. This year, Enloe enters Heritage with an 0-6 record. The Eagles have only scored a little more than 6 points a game and haven’t scored more than 17 points. While their offense has struggled, their defense hasn’t been much help, giving up 30.5 points a game. Over the past two weeks, they have lost to Wakefield and Millbrook by a combined score of 82-0.
History vs. Enloe
Heritage is 3-1 all-time against Enloe. The Huskies have won the last three meetings, including a very close 20-12 victory last year in a game that had to be finished Monday.
The following is the discussion segment, where Joel and Chris will debate key aspects of tomorrow’s game.
Chris: Will the Huskies turn the ball over? Over the past two weeks, the Huskies have turned over the ball more times than should be counted. In that span, the Huskies have thrown five interceptions and committed some costly fumbles. The forecast calls for dry weather, so hopefully turnovers will occur with less frequency.
Joel: How will the defense fare in the wake of injuries? Two of the Huskies’ biggest defensive contributors, Drake Thomas and Brandon Felton, are both out tomorrow. So obviously, the defense has some big shoes to fill. Enloe hasn’t exactly torched people this year, but this is still an area of concern for Heritage.
Players To Watch
C: Jalen Pittman. Hopefully Enloe watches Football Friday and have viewed Pittman’s Hudl page.
J: Gunnar Holmberg. Gunnar had a nice rebound game last week against Sanderson, throwing for 3 TDs and only 1 interception. Hopefully Gunnar can continue this trend upward.
C: Heritage 27, Enloe 10. The Huskies will feed off of a large crowd and pick up their second straight win.
J: Heritage 28, Enloe 8. Enloe will get 4 safeties in their best defensive effort of the year. Just kidding, they will probably score a TD and a 2 point conversion in garbage time.
Location: Heritage High School