American Heritage survived a late surge by host Cardinal Gibbons for a tough 21-14 win in a District 16-5A matchup on Friday night.
Ranked No. 10 in the country by USA Today, American Heritage (6-1, 3-0) forced the Chiefs to turn the ball over on downs twice with less than five minutes to play. Junior receiver Leroy Henley caught a 19-yard touchdown pass for Gibbons to make it a one-possession game with 4:46 left to play.
The Chiefs (3-4, 1-2) quickly went four-and-out after recovering an onside kick following Henley’s touchdown. Gibbons had another chance to tie the score with 2:30 remaining after recovering a fumble by Heritage, but the Patriots’ defense again denied the Chiefs on four consecutive plays.
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Jason Brown: The Patriots’ quarterback threw for two touchdowns and 140 yards on 13-of-19 passing to go with an 8-yard score on the ground.
Leroy Henley: Henley caught eight passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
They Said It
“I thought we played well. We got to enjoy the wins when they come. We knew the fourth quarter of the season was going to be tough.”
— American Heritage coach Mike Rumph