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Patriots blow through to Regional semifinals

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The No. 1 seed Patriots will move on to the Regional Semifinals in the FHSAA 5A State Tournament after a statement 42-0 win over the No. 8 seed Merritt Island. In a rainy game, the Patriots stellar defense was a force to be reckoned with.  

After forcing a quick three-and-out on the opening drive for Merritt Island, the Patriots capitalized on three play drive resulting in a 49-yard rushing touchdown by senior Miles Jones to put the team up 7-0 in under four minutes of play.

Failing to pick up a first down yet again, Merritt Island gave the ball back to the Pats. Senior running back Jordan Johnson punched it in the end zone to make the score 13-0 after a failed extra point attempt.

Another three-and-out for Merritt Island led to a long punt and a deep starting position for the Patriots. An almost 70-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Tyler Jones made the score 19-0, with another missed PAT.

On the next punt return for Heritage, Miles Jones brought the ball back 31 yards to the opposing 19-yard line. The great field position did no good, as the field goal attempt by senior Jared Elstein was blocked.

Following yet another stationary drive by Merritt Island, a wet ball led to a mishandled snap on the punt, giving Heritage great field positioning yet again. Only a couple plays later, Tyler Jones struck gold again on a 7-yard touchdown rush. Coupled with a successful two-point conversion, the Pats extended their lead to 27-0.

The following drive for the Patriots, Miles Jones found the end zone once more from 13 yards out. A successful two-point try on a pass from senior quarterback Cameron Smith to wide out sophomore Doug Emilien put the Patriots up 35-0.

After a silent third quarter, a final score by sophomore running back Brandon Cohen from three yards out to put the game out of reach with a score of 42-0.

Defense was key in the victory, forcing multiple three-and-outs, while not letting the Merritt Island offense cross midfield once.

The Patriots will now advance to the regional semifinal against Bishop Moore next Friday, Nov. 18.

As a third year staffer, senior Alex Becker acts as the Patriot Post’s sports editor, while also managing the athletic department’s twitter account. Alex also serves as the sports editor for the yearbook and the president of Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of journalism, Alex can be seen eating, watching Netflix, and fixing his fantasy football roster.

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