Frisco Heritage continued their historic run this season with a tough 13-6 victory over district foe Sherman Friday night at Kuykendall Stadium. The Coyotes remain undefeated in district play and will play Frisco High next week for what looks to be the district title.
Frisco Heritage Head Football Coach Kenneth Gilchrist was very pleased with his teams resiliency.
"I couldn't be more proud of our kids, they fought all night. Had a few injuries and the kids just stepped up in every way they could to battle and grind it out to get us that dub." Coach Gilchrist
Senior Quarterback Bryce Gilchrist led the Coyotes with 79 yards in the air and 58 yard on the ground. Gilchrist is a true athlete, as he line up at Quarterback, Tight End, Punter, and Holder. He constantly made tough runs and throws to will Heritage to another district victory.
Heritage scored the first and last points of the game, as Senior Kicker Jacob Culpepper made field goals from 31 yards to open the game and 25 yards out to end the game. Sophomore Running Back Nick Clark was another standout for the Coyotes offense. Clark scored the only touchdown for Heritage, taking in a handoff on the stretch play in from 2-yards out for 6 making it 10-0 at halftime.
The Heritage defense bent but didn't break all night and held the explosive Bearcat offense to only 6 points. Sophomore Linebacker Sean French and Junior Safety D'Andre Stephens led the defense in tackles with 7 a piece.
But the star of the Heritage defense was Junior Defensive Lineman Obi Udom, who had 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack, and fumble recovery. The 6'3" 235 Junior will be highly recruited after the season he is having.
Sherman did outgain the Heritage offense by 75 total yards, holding the Coyotes to 154 yards. The Bearcat defense was led by Seniors Letarian Sims, Joseph Gionfriddo, Connor Clark and Phoenix Grant. Sims was in the backfield all night with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack, while Clark picked off a Coyotes pass and returned it 80-yards right before half. Senior Defensive Tackle Chaz Brown forced a fumble that Senior Safety Julian Nandin recovered.
The Bearcat offense moved the ball, but couldn't score or convert in key moments. The Bearcats seem to get it going in the second half and scored their only points of the game on a Caleb Orr to Vontrelle Sanders 52-yard touchdown pass. Orr lead the team in passing with 113 yard while Grant threw for 47. Grant and Sophomore Athlete Kane Bowen lead the rushing attack with tough runs.
Heritage moves to 6-1 overall and will face Frisco next week to see who will remain undefeated in district play. Sherman moves to 2-4 and will face Frisco Reedy at home next week.
Photos and written by: Nick Debose