The Heritage Hawks relied on big plays by the offense, defense and special teams and the formula worked en route to an easy 51-0 victory over visiting Loganville Christian in the final regular season game.
With the win, Heritage finished the regular season with an 8-2 record to capture the GISA Region 1-AAA championship.
The Hawks also earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will be at home through the state championship.
“We really wanted to set ourselves up at the beginning of the season to be region champs , now we want to set ourselves up to be successful in playoffs.,” Heritage head coach Micah Alba said.
The Hawks built a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, allowing Loganville Christian past midfield twice, but from there, they dominated.
Wright Arnall got the scoring started with a 3-yard run with 3:32 left in the first quarter.
The Hawks increased the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter thanks to the defense.
David White picked off a Loganville Christian pass and returned it 15 yards for the Hawks’ second touchdown of the night.
It was the first of three straight interceptions by the Hawks. Branch Burns also picked off a Loganville Christian pass.
Heritage was unable to turn the Loganville Christian turnover into points on Burns’ interception, but it changed field position in the Hawks’ favor.
The turnover bug took a bite out Loganville Christian on the next series, and again the Hawks turned into a touchdown.
Wright Arnall did the damage this time, batting down a pass and grabbing it out of the air and returning to the end zone on a 32-yard return with four minutes left in the first half.
However, the Hawks weren’t done.
After forcing the Lions to punt, Brandon Scruggs deep return set up the Hawks’ final touchdown of the first half.
This time Henry Arnall scored on a short run with just over two minutes left wingin the second quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Hawks to throw the knockout punch in the third quarter.
Peter Nell took the second-half kickoff the distance, about 85 yards, to increase the lead to 35-0,
Nell wasn’t done with his heroics.
Later in the quarter, he also blocked a Loganville Christian punt out of the end zone for a safety.
He also kicked all the extra points for the Hawks.
Scruggs turned in the longest run of the night midway through the third quarter when he scampered 73 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 44-0.
Heritage added one more score when Camden Trammell scored on a 1-yard run.