When Heritage Hall and Lincoln Christian square off in the Class 3A state title game on Saturday, both teams will attempt to cap off a perfect 15-0 season by hoisting the championship trophy on the field at Pioneer Stadium.
The Chargers are 3A’s reigning champs, and the Bulldogs will try to make sure that Heritage Hall doesn’t make it two straight. Both schools are very worthy of playing in the title game, with each team bolstering impressive resumes, but only one squad will come out on top as the best in 3A when they square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Starting with Heritage Hall, the Chargers have not only won every game, but they’re doing it convincingly. Brett Bogert’s team is winning by a resounding 41.1 points per contest, but that score differential could be even bigger. The Chargers average 41.2 points scored in the first half, but only 11.8 after intermission. Those scoring numbers vary significantly due to the rest the Heritage Hall starters get in the second half when the game is already put away.
When it comes to playmakers, Heritage Hall has plenty of them. Running back, Terrell “Tank” Love is a monster from the halfback position, and his brute strength is obvious to anyone who watches him run in between the tackles. Love has 1,341 rushing yards on the year to go with a whopping 27 touchdowns.
Complimenting Love nicely is Tevin McDaniel, who has 523 yards on the ground and nine rushing touchdowns, to go with 1,108 receiving yards and 20 more scores. McDaniel is quicker of the two, but Lincoln Christian will surely have its work cut out trying to slow that duo down. Let’s also not forget that McDaniel gets it done on defense as well, with 75 tackles and 10 sacks on the season.
Under center for the Chargers at quarterback is sophomore Blake Adams, who’s shown all season long he’s capable of playing above his age. Adams has thrown for 1,970 yards on the season with 31 touchdowns compared to only three interceptions.
Lincoln Christian’s Seth Keith will have the primary task of slowing down the Heritage Hall offense, and it’s safe to say Keith’s more than capable of doing just that. The senior has 133 tackles on the season and averages 9.5 per game. Keith also has 2.5 sacks to go with three forced fumbles and three recoveries.
Also contributing for the Bulldogs in Saturday’s championship game will be quarterback Micah Wilson. The senior has 3,535 passing yards this season and 54 touchdowns with only one interception. Wilson’s one of the best quarterbacks in the state, and is capable of getting it done on the ground as well with 11 rushing scores.
Wilson leads an offense that’s equally as potent as Heritage Hall’s. The Bulldogs average 55.1 points per game and beat opponents by an average of 41.2 points. Along with Keith and Wilson, Lincoln Christian also depends on Alec Davidson to make plays from the receiver position. Davidson has 95 receptions on the season for 2,050 yards and 33 touchdowns. The senior also has 80 tackles on defense to go with four interceptions.
This 3A championship matchup is littered with talent on both teams, and there’s a very good chance this will be the closest game either team has played in all season. For those in attendance, be sure to strap in for a wild offensive showing by both squads.