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Game of the week for Friday, September 14, 2018

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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DECATUR AT MIDLOTHIAN HERITAGE

7:30 p.m. MISD Stadium
Harris Line: Midlothian Heritage by 28

Decatur has had its chances the last two times it has squared off with Midlothian Heritage.

In 2016, Heritage won a 52-50 shootout at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, kicking a field goal as time expired to pull out the victory.

Last season, the Eagles recovered an onside kick to set up a potential game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. But a few plays later, quarterback Wilson Hicks was intercepted for a third time. Needing a quick three-and-out, Decatur surrendered a third-and-19 to let the Jaguars escape once again.

“Our mantra is to take advantage of our opportunities,” Fuller said. “Because the last couple of years, we’ve had our opportunities. That’s going to be the key.”

The Eagles are coming off a thrilling 48-41 win over Alvarado last Friday. The game featured eight lead changes, with Decatur delivering the final blow on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Roman Fuller to Beau Bedford to put the Eagles up for good.

Fuller finished the game 37-of-46, throwing seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed passes to eight different receivers and threw touchdowns to five different receivers.

Coach Fuller said spreading the ball around helped keep Alvarado’s defense off-balance and will be pivotal again this week as Decatur looks to keep the Jaguar defense on its heels.

“By that last drive, [Alvarado] didn’t have a pass rush at all because those guys are having to run to the sideline for a four-yard gain,” Coach Fuller said.

Heritage is coming off a key win of its own. The Jaguars routed Kennedale 35-7 last week. Heritage’s stingy defense, which is only allowing an average of 6.5 points, shut Kennedale out in the first half.

The Wildcats were the 2017 4A Division I runner-up and beat Decatur 55-7 in the season opener two weeks ago

“There are a few exotic blitzes Heritage will run,” Coach Fuller said. “They’ll overload you on one side and come after you. We’ve got a plan for it, we just have to execute it.”

Defensively, Coach Fuller said his team’s focus is limiting the big play. Alvarado gashed the Eagles for 538 yards of total offense, breaking off touchdowns of 45, 49 and 51 yards.

Heritage is led on offense by a trio of seniors – quarterback Landon Ledbetter, running back Dre Washington and receiver Langston Anderson. Together, they lead a balanced offensive attack that is averaging 28 points.

“I feel like we’ve played the same team for three years,” Coach Fuller said. “They’re all back. They run the ball really well and execute their [run-pass options].

“We have some momentum, but we always focus on what’s next, even if what just happened is good. This game is the biggest goal this week, but big picture, what we do [Monday], Tuesday and Wednesday is going to help us, too. We’re just trying to get better every day.”

BEST OF THE REST

GRAPEVINE AT NORTHWEST

7 p.m. Thursday
Northwest ISD Stadium

Northwest will try to get back in the win column Thursday when they play host to Grapevine.

The Texans fell to McKinney North 34-31 last week, as a late fourth quarter touchdown pass propelled the Bulldogs to a narrow victory. Northwest senior DeMareus Hosey eclipsed 100 yards for the second straight week in the loss.

The Mustangs enter the contest 2-0. Grapevine dispatched of Azle in its season opener and beat Abilene Cooper 31-13 last Friday.

Harris Line: Grapevine by 14

BRIDGEPORT AT SANGER

7:30 p.m.
Indian Stadium

Bridgeport picked up its first win of the season in thrilling fashion Friday, knocking off Bowie 38-35 on a last-second touchdown pass by junior Jadon Maddux.

This week, the Bulls travel to Sanger to take on the winless Indians. Sanger has been dominated in its first two games, being outscored 103-7. Springtown shut out the Indians last week.

Bridgeport is averaging 24 points through two games.

Harris Line: Sanger by 8

BOYD AT LAKE WORTH

7:30 p.m.
Kittrell Stadium

The Boyd Yellowjackets will hit the road for the second straight week when they take on Lake Worth Friday.

Boyd is coming off a 48-12 loss to Holliday. Lake Worth is also coming off a loss, being blanked by Joshua 36-0.

The Yellowjackets escaped last year’s meeting with Lake Worth with a 26-23 victory.

Harris Line: Boyd by 21

PARADISE AT JACKSBORO

7:30 p.m.
Jacksboro ISD Stadium

Paradise will try to make it three in a row Friday when they battle Jacksboro.

The Panthers downed Henrietta 35-12 last week. The Tigers are still searching for their first win. Jacksboro lost to Breckenridge in its season opener and fell to Windthorst 47-30 last week.

The Tigers have beaten Paradise the last three years. The Panthers have not picked up a win over the Tigers since 2014, and have not started the season 3-0 since 2010.

Harris Line: Jacksboro by 14

ALVORD AT SANTO

7:30 p.m.
W.A. Lewis Field

After falling to Archer City last week, Alvord will try to regain its footing Friday against on Santo.

It is the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Wildcats in more than a decade. Alvord enters the contest at 1-1, having picked up a win over Electra in its season opener.

Santo is 2-0, beating Meridan and Valley Mills to start the year. The Wildcats’ defense is stringy, as opponents are averaging just 3.5 points.

Harris Line: Santo by 14

CHICO AT ERA

7:30 p.m.
Hornet Stadium

Chico will play the third of its four road games to start the season Friday when they travel to Era.

The Dragons have gotten off to one of their best starts in the last few years, going 2-0. Chico has won its first two games by a combined 96-43.

Running back Nico Starnes has rushed for 473 yards through two weeks.

Harris Line: Chico by 11

GRANBURY CORNERSTONE AT VICTORY CHRISTIAN

7 p.m.
Patriot Field

Victory Christian will try to pick up its first win of the season when they welcome in Granbury Cornerstone Friday. The Patriots fell to Weatherford Christian 62-12 last week.

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