Leesburg, Va. (August 30, 2014) – The Heritage Pride opened up their 2014 season with a 24-12 win at home over the James Wood Colonels.
The Pride’s game plan was to pound the ball from start to finish with sophomore quarterback Alex Carlin’s first varsity start. On the first drive of the game, Mitch Westbrook carried six times including an 8 yard touchdown run, after a false start penalty from the 3 yard line had pushed them back 5 yards. That gave them a 7-0 lead, which they halted.
In the second quarter, the Colonels responded with a 47 yard screen pass for a touchdown from Brady Hepner to running back Landon Rutherford, but their two point attempt failed, keeping the Pride’s lead to 7-6.
Pride’s first year kicker Andres Villalon put one through the uprights to make it 10-6 going into halftime.
In their first possession of the second half, Daniel Adigun gets in for a touchdown after just coming up short on his previous carry. The lead was 17-6 for the Pride.
The Colonels again responded to make the game tighter when running back Tyler Bishop ran it in from 21 yards out. They went for two again but Bishop dropped the pass in the end zone. It was 17-12 Heritage with 6:55 left in the game.
On the next possession, the Pride continued to do what they did all night, run the ball and milk the clock. Westbrook and Adigun swapped runs. Eventually Adigun rumbled into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, giving the Pride a 24-12 advantage with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game.
As James Wood started its drive, Hepner’s pass was picked off by Pride’s Nate Walker, his 2nd interception of the night, to secure Pride’s first Victory of the 2014 season.
Pride’s Adigun and Westbrook gained 110 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns and 116 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown respectively.
“We’re gonna role with Mitch and Adi [Daniel] those are our guys, both great running backs and so we said going into the game we wanted to get 35-40 carries as a team tonight,” said Coach Prosser.
Carlin showed some flashes through the run-filled game for the Pride including a couple great passes to receiver Cole Miller, one was fumbled and the other was called back because of penalty.
“I thought Alex did a really nice job of managing the game and making plays when he had to. He showed some poise and leadership and was in command of the team,” Prosser said. “Alex played really well tonight, he will be our starter next week.”
“They [Westbrook and Adigun] played really well along with the OL; them playing that well really gave me confidence,” Carlin said. “Playing with a lead really helps out confidence level on both sides of the ball.”
“We’re a young program and we’re just learning how to win. Yea know sometimes you win ugly and I thought we won a little bit ugly tonight. I think we defiantly could have played better,” Prosser said. “With a young team trying to learn how to get over that hump that’s the win you’re gonna have.”
The Heritage Pride take on the Potomac Falls Panthers at home again next Friday in Leesburg, kick off is set for 7 p.m.
Written by Viva Loudoun Intern Spencer DuPuis