The only thing that could stop the Heritage Huskies in route to a 38-0 win over visiting Knightdale was a 53-minute lightning delay Friday night.
The Huskies were up 31-0 at the end of the second quarter when lightning in the distance provided the special effects for the Heritage band’s halftime performance.
When play resumed to start the third quarter, fortunes didn’t change much for Knightdale. The Knights were held to a three-and-out by the Huskies’ defense. Then Bod Davis returned the ensuing punt 56 yards for a touchdown. Davis twisted and turned to break several tackles before shooting down the far sideline and crossing over to the near sideline to outrace the final tackler for the score. Davis’ return put the Huskies up 38-0 early in the third quarter and the Heritage defense did the rest.
The defense posted its second straight shutout, following a 39-0 win over Rolesville last week. The Heritage defense has allowed only one touchdown (against Holly Springs) in its first three games as the Huskies moved to 3-0 to open the season.
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Prior to the delay, Heritage was able to move the ball effectively against Knightdale. Heritage scored touchdowns on its first four possessions. Isaac Burton had a 1-yard touchdown run in each quarter.
Heritage quarterback Blake Walters passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the first half.
Walters hit Charles Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to push the lead to 28-0.
Logan Krause kicked a 20-yard field goal with one second left to cap the first-half scoring.
Knightdale couldn’t get going offensively in the first half, running only 12 plays and netting -1 yards. Heritage forced three turnovers, one of which led to a touchdown.
The Knights (1-2) graduated a lot of starters last season and are fielding a squad gaining first-time playing experience.