Friday Night Preview: South-Doyle at Heritage

Heritage’s Chris Overstreet (37), Brad Weeks (27) and Jon-Luc Click sack Karns quarterback Matt Winningham in the end zone for a safety last week.

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Heritage’s Chris Overstreet (37), Brad Weeks (27) and Jon-Luc Click sack Karns quarterback Matt Winningham in the end zone for a safety last week.

When: Friday

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Heritage (1-0), South-Doyle (0-1)

Previous meeting: After a turnover, the Mountaineer defense withstood a Cherokee drive that began first-and-goal at the Heritage 7-yard line with seven minutes remaining in Week 1 last season. South-Doyle would net 2 yards in four snaps in a 26-19 Mountaineer win. Heritage led, 16-0, at the half. South-Doyle made it a game with two quick scores to start the third, including a 95-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown to start the second half.

Last week: The Mountaineers rallied from a 3-2 halftime deficit to upend Karns, 12-3, in the season opener for both teams. Place-kicker Noah Bachman put Heritage ahead for good, 5-3, with a 25-yard, third-quarter field goal. Quarterback Tyler Hartley put it away for the Mountaineers with a 3-yard run in the fourth.

The Cherokees were shut out by Powell, 49-0, last week, with the Panthers racking up 368 yards rushing. The loss was the 12th consecutive for South-Doyle under second-year coach Clark Duncan. The Cherokees were limited to 17 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Keep an eye on: The kicking game, the kicking game, the kicking game. Bachman not only had the winning field goal last week, his first-quarter punt pinned Karns deep at its own 4-yard line. Jon-Luc Click sacked Beaver quarterback Matt Winningham for a safety on the next play. Bachman averaged 43 yards per punt on nine kicks on a night the offense struggled. This is one of the fastest Heritage teams in several seasons. Hartley and running backs Chase Cline and Jalyn Haley and receivers Chase Everett, Justin Newman and Je’Rell Bledsoe have more than a single score in them. Friday might not be a bad time to cut loose. After losing 12 straight, South-Doyle has got to be hungry. If it’s close late again, the Cherokees are a little bit older, the Mountaineers a little bit younger after replacing several starters from a year ago. The defense still looks stout, though. Seniors Evan Brown and Mar Gordon are special at the ends.

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