HS Football: Heritage To Face Calabasas in the CIF SS Division 2 Quarterfinals Friday

Heritage Quarterback Devan Freedland Threw 5 Touchdowns last Friday Night as the Patriots Rolled Over La Mirada 55-21

Heritage is headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Quarterfinals this Friday night. They will face off against Calabasas High School, who defeated Notre Dame 30-7 in their opening round Playoff game. The Coyotes have a pass driven offense and are led by quarterback Jaden Casey.

The sophomore signal caller completed 26 of 36 passes for 349 yards last week against Notre Dame. He tossed 3 touchdowns. Mycah Pittman was his favorite receiver with 9 catches for 164 yards. Johnny Wilson caught 6 balls and scored twice. Connor Beautrow, Nikko Hall and Julien Stokes made up the rest of Casey’s air arsenal. Stokes was also the Coyotes leading runner last week.

Heritage deviated from the norm in their victory last week. Quarterback Devan Freedland passed for 5 touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 55-21 victory over La Mirada. It was a very surprising way to open the first round of the CIF Division 2 playoffs.

James Phillips and Rashoud Shelton were Freedland’s favorite targets last Friday. Freedland threw 3 TD passes of 14, 56 and 56 yards to Phillips and found Shelton twice or scoring throws of 54 and 27 yards.

Big, dramatic plays also helped the Patriots run away with last weeks game. Phillips returned the second half kickoff 90 yards into the end zone for a score. Defensive lineman Armand Crisol came up with a timely sack and defensive back Kenny Teter picked off Matthew Takata’s pass and took the interception 22 yards for a touchdown. Then there was running back Sherod White’s 81 yard masterpiece through the Matadores defense for a touchdown.

Heritage improved its record to 10-1 with the victory. The only time the Patriots lost was to Division 1 powerhouse Orange Lutheran. The Lancers will be playing Mission Viejo in the Quarterfinals.

Calabasas High School is also 10-1 and have been the Camino League Champions for three consecutive years. It should be a real good game and the Patriots have the home field advantage. Game time is scheduled for 7pm this Friday night.

Photos by Amber Garcia