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Who exactly did Heritage just beat?

Heritage defensive backs Zach Toles, center left, and Cole Gerardot, center right, celebrate after Toles intercepted a Garrett pass in the first quarter of the Patriots' 56-20 win on Friday at Heritage. (News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan of INMediaSource)
Heritage defensive backs Zach Toles, center left, and Cole Gerardot, center right, celebrate after Toles intercepted a Garrett pass in the first quarter of the Patriots' 56-20 win on Friday at Heritage. (News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan of INMediaSource)

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Pig not happy with no-show Railroaders

Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:10 am
The Pig was told that the Garrett Railroaders were on the field at Heritage on Friday night. It even said 'Garrett' on the front of their jerseys.

But the team everyone was calling Garrett sure did not play like the squad The Pig saw beat up Leo a week ago.

Instead, it was Heritage delivering the beatdown in a 56-20 embarrassment for the Railroaders, accumulating over 525 yards of total offense against a team that shut down the prolific Leo offense in week 8.

Maybe the weather DID play a factor last week.

On a dry field Friday, Heritage (7-2, 6-1 ACAC) owned Garrett in every facet of the game. The Patriots led 20-0 and the Railroaders had turned the ball over twice before the end of the first quarter.

Will Knapke dominated with close to 250 yards of total offense, including an 83-yard touchdown pass from Conner Sheehan.

Brenton Lockett had 90 yards rushing and added 41 yards receiving to add to the attack.

It was as much a Heritage offensive clinic as it was a Garrett defensive collapse.

A victory would have given the Railroaders sole possession of the ACAC championship and an unblemished league record. Instead, Garrett will share its first crown since 2007 with Heritage, a program that earned its first championship since 2006.

Then there is Leo, which if it beats Bluffton today at Lucas Oil Stadium, will then make it a three-way tie for the title.

For some reason, there are no head-to-head tiebreakers in the ACAC, even if it is two teams tied.

Brandon Porter was the lone bright spot for the Railroaders on Friday, with a pair of long touchdown runs, including one for 91 yards.

So, which Garrett is the real Garrett? Week 8 vs. Leo or Week 9 against Heritage? It is a winnable game next week at Whitko to kick off sectionals, but then a matchup with Class 3A No. 1 Jimtown looms the week after.

Coach Chris DePew cannot be happy after Friday, even with an ACAC title. But if The Pig knows anything, it's that DePew will not let his team forget the pounding it took on Friday.

The Pig does not like to be let down. So games like Friday's Heritage-Garrett matchup was one that did not sit well with The Pig.* The Pig owes New Haven an apology. Yes, this swine may be critical at times, but sometimes he does it to fire a particular program up. In this case, maybe The Pig should take some credit. Sure, the Bulldogs did not beat Homestead, but they sure gave the Spartans a game.

Even if it was not The Pig's talk that got New Haven hype to play the Spartans, it was good to see the Bulldogs make Homestead work for a league win for a change.

* Speaking of the Spartans, there is nothing that Coach Chad Zolman wanted more on Friday than a tough game that went down to the end. It is much easier to have a team prepared to play an elite team like Snider coming off a full four quarters of football than it is to try and flip a switch after several blowouts.

Consider that in the last few seasons, Homestead has not been challenged much late in the regular season. In weeks 7 through 9 since 2007, the Spartans are 14-1, with none of the wins being decided by less than 17 points.

The competition seen Friday can only help Homestead.

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