Multiple Teams · Pats Football Dominates Bluffton


The Heritage football team was in action Friday night, Sept. 30, at Bluffton, taking home the win, 48-6. This huge win ends a four game losing streak for the team.

Highlights abounded on the offensive side of the ball, with Johnathon Mcneal throwing for 54 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as rushing for one TD, while Jeshua Foster led the rushing attack with 129 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Blake Rhymer also played a huge role, with his one rush equating to 47 yards and a touchdown, while he also had two receptions and a score as a receiver. Also finding the end zone were Hunter Bradtmueller and Evan Knapke.

Coach Nico Tigulis pointed to a good week of practice as being the key to the dominant effort, stating that “we made minimal mistakes and had good execution.” In terms of in-game play, he highlighted that the offense did not turn the ball over and that the team met its goals of putting the ball in the end zone four times offensively and holding to opposition to less than 14 points defensively.

Senior, Jeshua Foster, who carried the load for the offense, echoed the coach’s sentiments about practice, stating that it was “our first really good week of practice.” He also added that the team “felt confident going into the week against Bluffton.” With positive spirits, the team was able to shine on Friday night.

Looking ahead, Coach Tigulis wanted to build on the week, stating that “each week gets tougher so we need to improve each week during practice.” “Our goal is to be playing our best football in week ten [sectional] so that’s what we have to strive for.”

The team is home this Friday to cap off Homecoming Week festivities, as they take on Southern Wells at 7:00 p.m.

(Pictured: Hunter Bradtmueller rushes in an earlier game versus South Adams. The sophomore tallied 18 yards and a touchdown on 5 carries in Friday night’s matchup with Bluffton. Photo by Keegan Laycock)