Heritage Defense Surrenders 80 Points to Wolverines
Cougars Can’t Keep Pace With Polk County
by David Grindstaff
In Burnsville in the Western Highlands Conference home opener Friday night, the Cougars busted out on top early 14-0 with two scores on their first two possessions of the game. But the Wolverines rallied for 46 unanswered points to go on top 46-14 heading to the fourth quarter and then in the final stanza, the Wolverines (4-3, 2-0 WHC) poured it on for an 80-36 victory.
The Cougars, coming off their first win ever over Hendersonville at Deitz Field, were red hot coming out of the dressing room and they took it right to the Wolverines in the first quarter.
Heritage (4-3,1-1) took the opening kickoff and quickly scored to go on top 7-0. The first play of the came saw Dalton Robinson squirt through a hole provided by the offensive line and scamper 27 yards out near the 40 yard line. The Cougars scored on 4th down and 9 from the 40 when QB Trevor Robinson made a hard fake to Dalton Robinson and then hit a streaking wide receiver Avery Austin in stride at about the Polk 25 yard line. The junior then turned on the after burners and left the PC defender in his tracks on his way to the end zone. The PAT by Tristan McCarty was true and the Cougars were confident with a 7-0 lead.
Heritage gained great field position to set up their other first quarter touchdown when linebacker Issach Allen stopped the Wolverine running back in his tracks on 4th and three from the Polk 46.
After taking over on downs the Cougar offense showed their explosive running game when junior running back Dalton Cannon ripped through a huge hole and won a 49 yard footrace to the end zone. Together with McCarty’s PAT the Cougars enjoy a seemingly comfortable 14-0 lead with five minutes yet to be played in the first quarter.
But, with the help of eight turnovers committed by Heritage, Polk County rallied to score 46 unanswered points to grab a 46-14 lead at halftime.
In the 4hth quarter Wolverine quarterback Reece Shlabach had a 45 yard TD run, then Tyrone Miller had a 63-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Polk capped off the scoring frenzy when freshman Storm Wheeler had a 75-yard touchdown run against the confused Cougar defense.
Heritage added three touchdowns in the 4th quarter. The first, a five yard run by Dalton Robinson and two point pass from Trevor Robinson to Daulton Buchanan, came less than a minute into the 4th, while the Cougars added another score just a couple of minutes later when Daulton Buchanan finished off a short drive with a two yard run. Trevor Robinson finished off the scoring for Heritage when he broke loose for a 16 yard TD run with a little lover four minutes left to play.
Trevor Robinson had another 100 yard rushing effort in the loss to Polk. The senior signal caller 103 yards on 13 carries while Dalton Cannon added 102 yards rushing on 10 tries and Dalton Robinson contributed 88 yards on 9 carries.
Robinson also hooked up with his receivers six times for 105 yards but suffered through 5 interceptions. Making catches for the Cougars were Jake McClellan (4-45 yards), Avery Austin (1-40) and Drew Hoilman (1-24).
The Cougars face another team that hasn’t been beaten in league play this week when Owen comes to town on Friday night.