ANTIOCH -- An uptempo offense and a key stop on a two-point conversion attempt helped the Heritage High football team to its first win of the season, as the Patriots beat Antioch 28-26 in Bay Valley Athletic League play Friday night.

Down 14-0 late in the first half after a slow start, Heritage (1-6, 1-1 BVAL) drove 85 yards on 14 plays to cut the deficit in half. Julius Johnson scored from 2 yards out on the last play of the half.

In the second half, Heritage kept the scoring going with a 68-yard drive that took 10 plays. Mason Sargent's 11 yard touchdown run tied the game with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

"We started to pick up the tempo, and they couldn't hang with it," said Patriots quarterback Anthony Carter, who finished 169 yards passing and a touchdown.

"We knew that if we kept moving, sooner or later it would work."

Two Antioch turnovers led to Heritage touchdowns. Nick Zalec's 6-yard run gave Heritage a 28-20 lead with just under five minutes left.

But the Panthers marched right back.

Hunter Karnthong capped a 14-play drive with a four yard touchdown run with 2:15 left, his second of the game.

The Panthers attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game, but Karnthong was sacked by Patriot Jordan Ruelas as he rolled out to the left.

Ruelas said he saw Karnthong roll back his direction and pump fake and closed on him quickly.

"I just grabbed on and tried to squeeze him up as tightly as I could," Ruelas said.


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Antioch would try an onside kick, but Heritage would recover and run out the clock.

Karnthong finished with 151 yards rushing to lead Antioch. He also threw for two touchdowns.

Heritage 28, Antioch 26

Antioch          14          0          6          6--          26

Heritage          0          7          7          14--          28

A -- Papagni 6 pass from Karnthong (Velasquez kick)

A -- Karnthong 1 run (Velasquez kick)

H -- Johnson 2 run (Barrios kick)

H -- Sargent 11 run (Barrios kick)

A -- Desrosiers 10 pass from Karnthong (Kick blocked)

H -- Covington-Zeno 7 pass from Carter (Michael kick)

H -- Zalec 6 run (Michael kick)

A -- Karnthong 4 run (Pass failed)

Rushing: A -- Karnthong 28-151, Garner 6-43, Wall 1-27, Hamilton Jr. 4-10. Totals 39-231. H -- Johnson 18-102, Sargent 5-58, Zalec 10-46, Cleverly 5-27, Edwards 2-14, Covington-Zeno 1-(-1), Carter 6-(-11). Totals 47-235. Passing: A -- Karnthong 11-15-1 178, Lewis 0-1-0 0. Totals 11-16-1 178. H -- Carter 15-23-0 169, Sargent 0-1-1 0. Totals 15-24-1 169. Receiving: A -- Desrosiers 5-126, Garner 2-29, Wall 1-14, Papagni 1-6, Jones 1-4, Hamilton Jr. 1-(-1). Totals 11-178. H -- Sargent 4-53, Cleverly 3-25, Calegari 1-22, Johnson 2-18, Zalec 1-14, Phipps 1-13, Blaise 1-12, Covington-Zeno 1-7, Edwards 1-5. Totals 15-169. Fumbles/lost: Antioch 2/2. Heritage 2/1. Records: Antioch 5-2, 0-2 BVAL; Heritage 1-6, 1-1.