For four years Heritage had held a winning streak over the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs (ranked #69 in the nation) and all eyes were on the Sept. 30 game between the two to see if the Patriots could stretch this streak to five years. The Patriots continued to prove themselves as a South Florida (and national, ranked #22) powerhouse, dominating the scene with a 48-7 win.
The game started off with a bang as both teams reached the end zone in the first quarter. With one minute left in the quarter, the score stood at 13-7 in favor of the Patriots. However, at this moment, Heritage turned on the jets; the team played aggressive offense and relentless defense to increase the lead.
Gibbons was unable to even touch Heritage’s throne during the second quarter. As the clock ran down, the Patriot’s score went up: 27-7 with eight minutes until halftime, 34-7 with two minutes until halftime and 41-7 with less than a minute in the half remaining.
The Patriot cheerleaders, dancers and band performed the halftime performance as usual.
Although Gibbons attempted to fight back in the second half, it was simply too little, too late. The sole touchdown of the second half was for the Patriots.
“We only had 48 because of us,” head coach Mike Smith said to the team after the game. “It doesn’t matter what the people on that sideline do … we do what we do, we take care of our business, we pay attention to details, we have a sense of urgency…” Smith said.
This game increased Heritage’s record to 3-1 and despite earning the pride of knowing they are five years strong defeating the Chiefs, the team is still hungry for more.
Catch their next game around the corner at Western next week (Oct. 6) where they will fight for another win to add to the record.
All media from Zoe Horwitz.