October 24, 2009 10:26:00 PM
The Heritage Academy football team''s bid for an upset against No. 9 Washington School ended quickly after the Generals used an 18-point second quarter to earn a 26-7 victory.
Washington School (7-2, 6-1) took its first lead with 4 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second quarter when junior quarterback Eric Brozovich connected with Trey Seymour for a 10-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.
That lead expanded to 18-7 by halftime when Brozovich found Matt Mosow for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 2:08 left.
"We had a good plan to play with (Washington School)," Heritage Academy coach Brad Butler said. "We stopped their running game and moved the ball well early. Mistakes right before the half killed us. We couldn''t move the ball and they took advantage of the opportunity."
Heritage Academy (3-7, 1-6) took a 7-0 first-quarter lead when senior tailback Stance Henderson broke through four tackles for a 57-yard run.
The Patriots couldn''t maintain the rushing attack, however, netting only 28 yards the remainder of the game.
"We never really got into synch on offense," Butler said. "The touchdown was a good play, but even that was set up due to a missed assignment. We didn''t really create a lot."
Brozovich was 8 of 13 for 132 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Generals back.
"Given the field conditions, I thought Eric performed well and really stepped up on key plays," Washington School coach Todd Lott said. "He was nursing a bit of a leg cramp starting in second quarter but still made some good throws against a very good front four from Heritage. They made things very difficult."
More importantly, Brozovich was 3 of 3 on fourth down for 48 yards and two touchdowns. The first completion gave the Generals the lead.
"I thought it was a necessary gamble," Lott said. "We were a little flat early in the game and just not finishing drives well. It was a gamble I think worked and really turned things around."
The Generals continued to gamble in the third quarter.
Leading 18-7 and on its opening drive, Washington School faced another fourth down. This time it needed 6 yards from the Heritage Academy 21. Brozovich delivered by hitting Mosow for a 21-yard touchdown.
The Generals again converted a two-point conversion and took a 26-7 lead with 6:42 left in the third quarter.
Heritage Academy mustered a pair of threats inside the Washington School 20, but couldn''t cash in.
The Patriots had 167 yards total offense and committed two turnovers.
"Outside of a couple of missed coverage assignments on a few deep balls I liked how our defense played," Lott said. "On the touchdown I take responsibility for that because I called a stunt and they ran a trap the other way. They outcoached us on that one."
Dylan Elkins and Robert Burle each had an interception, and senior linebacker Jacob Steinle had eight tackles and two and a half sacks to lead Washington School''s defense.
Heritage Academy will conclude its season Friday when it plays at Clarksdale-Lee, while Washington School will play host to Madison-Ridgeland Academy.