HS Football: Heritage is Headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Semifinals against Valencia Friday


The Patriots Crushed Calabasas 41-7 as the Defense Shined in the CIF SS Quarterfinals Victory

Heritage is headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Semifinals this Friday night. This week’s opponent…The 11-1 Valencia Vikings are coached by Larry Muir. The Vikings were raked third in the Division right behind Heritage, and are the number 11 team in the State. This game should prove to be an exciting match up.

The Vikings bring a very balanced offensive attack to the game. They have passed for 3,114 yards and run for 3,228 this season. Quarterback Connor Downs leads the Valencia attack. The senior has completed 208 passes for 2,844 yards and has thrown 26 touchdowns. He has also run for 176 yards and scored 4 TDs.

Valencia’s Moises Haynes is by far the most dangerous weapon in the arsenal. The senior has carried the ball 162 times and has gained 1440 yards for the Vikings. Jayvaun Wilson is also a threat. The junior ran for 727 yards on 73 carries. Both backs scored 19 touchdowns.

Mykael Wright is the Vikings top receiver. He caught 44 passes for 1,141 yards and 14 TDs. Kyle Quintal, Zion Dunson and Zachary Semko are dangerous pass catchers.

Heritage is led by quarterback Devan Freedland. Even with his run-oriented offense he has thrown for 1,672 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has also run for 79 yards and 2 scores.

Sherod White is Heritage’s top ground gainer with 1,416 yards rushing. The senior is the Patriots leading scorer with 21 touchdowns. James Phillips has 844 rushing and another 221 through the air. He has scored 14 TDs.

Rashoud Shelton is Heritage’s leading receiver. The senior has caught 33 passes for 638 yards and 14 touchdowns. Tonga Tavake, Rickie Johnson and Phillips can also catch the ball for the Patriots.

Ika Tuatala anchors the Heritage defense with help from Kenny Teter, Jesse Estrada and Carlos Ruelas. Look for the Patriots to be quick, punishing and relentless on the field Friday.

Heritage will travel to Valencia to face the Vikings Friday. Game time is 7pm. The game will be Streamed live on Fox Sports Go.

Photos by Amber Garcia

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