Reco Jones returned an 89-yard opening kickoff for a touchdown in Heritage’s 55-7 win over host Sanderson Friday night.
Jones and the Huskies never looked back .
“It’s always a great start when your offense and defense don’t have to play a down. It really helps with our momentum,” Heritage coach Jason McGeorge said.
The Huskies used the momentum to score on its first three possessions to open up an early 21-0 lead en route to its first Cap-8 4A conference victory of the season. The win also leveled the Huskies to 3-3 (1-1 Cap-8) on the season, equaling last year’s win total.
“It shows how far we’ve grown. Seniors and depth mean a lot. We’ve got four classes of people instead of two or three. They have pride in the program and want to be successful before they leave,” McGeorge said of the young school’s program.
Jones initially dropped the opening kickoff but scooped up the loose ball and sprinted up the middle untouched. He shrugged off the kicker toward midfield and raced the remaining distance for the score.
On its next possession, Heritage worked the ball 83 yards downfield on an 11-play drive culminating in a 25-yard TD pass from Blake Walters to receiver Collin Smith. Ben Worley’s extra-point gave the Huskies a 14-0 lead.
Walters called his own number on Heritage’s next possession with a 16-yard run for the score. Walters faked the handoff to running back Abdul Sesay and skirted around the side of the blockers to give the Huskies a 21-0 first quarter lead.
Sanderson (1-5, 0-2) got on the board in the second quarter with QB Matt Kohler’s 1-yard keeper. The score was set up by two successful third-down passing plays, the last a 14-yard pass to Jah Laville to the Heritage 1-yard line.
Heritage continued its scoring momentum with Walter’s second TD pass, this time with a catch-and-run to the speedy Charles Johnson for 53 yards. Heritage followed with a 16-yard interception return by Garrett Hudson for a touchdown. Worley’s extra-point capped the first half scoring giving Heritage a 35-7 lead.
Sesay had a four-yard scoring run and backup QB Jaylen Mallory had two touchdown runs - one for 42 yards - in the second half to complete the scoring for the game.
The Heritage defense forced three first half interceptions. The Huskies also scored on an offensive, a defensive and a special teams touchdown.
“It was total team win, a total team effort tonight,” McGeorge said.