The Heritage Cougars looked amazing in the beginning of their match up against the home standing Polk County Wolverines in Columbus Friday night.
On the very first play of the game, Cougar running back Lucas King took a handoff from QB Trevor Robinson on a counter play and behind great blocking raced 64 yards down to the Polk County 10 yard line before he was dragged down.
Three plays later Robinson threw a TD dart to tight end Zack Brown and with the PAT by Tristan McCarty Mountain Heritage held a 7-0 advantage with less than two minutes gone off the game clock.
Polk County countered with a 74 yard drive with their first possession to knot things up at 7-7 following a Matt Darden 30 yard run and point after boot by Gabe Stone.
The good fortune continued for the Cougars later in the first quarter when Jake McClellan stepped in front of an Alex Phillpott pass intended for Anthony Carson and took the pick 56 yard for a score that would put Heritage in front 13-7.
The Wolverines responded early in the second quarter with a 56 yard touchdown run by Phillpott to regain the lead for good.
Polk County (4-2, 1-1) then opened up a working margin with the first two scores of the second half and the Wolverines went on to lambast Heritage 41-20.
The Cougars can look at this game and see that the little things they did wrong are what added up to the big Western Highlands Conference loss. Heritage (1-4, 0-2) had numerous drive killing penalties and the Cougars turned the ball over four times, including a fumble and three interceptions.
One of those picks cost the Cougars possible points just before halftime. After a strong kickoff return by Lucas King gave Heritage great field position near midfield, MHHS drove to the PC 14 yard line but the Wolverines picked off a Robinson pass in the end zone to end the threat.
Another interception by the Wolverines helped them to up their lead to 27-13 in the second half. With the Cougars on the move early in the third, Polk picked Robinson for a second time, this time stopping Heritage at the PC 35. Tyler Jackson finished off the drive with a 3 yard run to put Polk up by two scores.
Heritage was still fighting and trimmed the lead back to 27-20 in the third quarter. Trevor Robinson engineered a 70 yard scoring drive, utilizing his running abilities and those of Lucas King. Robinson ended the march with an eight yard run but it would be the Cougar’s only score of the second half as Polk, which rushed for 352 yards on the Heritage-D, and scored twice more in the final stanza on long runs to win going away.
Lucas King finished with 103 yards on 8 carries to lead a Cougar offense that rushed for 183 yards, while Robinson completed 14 of 28 passes for 114 yards in the league contest.