Heritage School bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 15-14 victory over Southland on Friday after putting together a final drive that put the Hawks ahead for good in the final minutes.
The previously unbeaten Golden Raiders seemed poised to pull out a comeback win after rallying for 14 unanswered points in the second half, first tying the game in the third and then taking their only lead with four minutes to play in front of their home crowd.
But after watching Valwood slip away with a comeback a week earlier, Heritage wasn’t about to let another team from GISA Region 3-AAA escape with a victory.
The Hawks wore down Southland on a final go-ahead drive in the final minutes before senior quarterback Henry Arnall scored to put Heritage within a Peter Nell PAT of a tie.
But when the Golden Raiders jumped offsides in hopes of getting to Nell early, Heritage turned the tables.
Opting to go for two points, the Hawks went to a jumbo package and loaded up its line along with Vinny Carnazzo at fullback, plowing a hole for Wright Arnall for the go-ahead conversion.
Heritage’s defense kept the pressure on Southland on its final possession before recovering a fumble that sealed its fifth win of the season.
The Hawks, now 5-1, also moved to 2-1 in the new GISA crossover format against three traditionally strong programs. They will host another next week as Brookwood School comes to Newnan prior to a bye.
Arnall added a touchdown pass to Nell that gave Heritage a 7-0 lead in the closing minutes of the first half.