HS Football: Patriots hand Lancers first loss in Sunbelt League opener, 60-7

Lakeside RB Vince Gastelum (33) filled in for the injured Adrian Burt as Heritage defenders Ac Rondon, Joaquin Arredondo and Daniel Reyes converge for the stop. Paul Bandong photo.

ROMOLAND – It was a great match-up on paper. Lakeside running back Adrian Burt had rushed for 792 yards and thirteen touchdowns during the pre-season last year, the area’s stat leader in both categories before an injury in the Sunbelt league opener ended his season. This pre-season he rushed for 1058 yards and 17 touchdowns, making him the second-leading scorer in the entire CIF Southern Section.  “Their running back is legit,” said Heritage Coach Kraig Broach, “He can play in any league.”

The Heritage defense held its five preseason opponents to a total of 268 rushing yards, 116 in its only loss to Orange Lutheran. That’s an impressive average of only 53.6 yards per game.

The match-up didn’t happen.

Burt had injured his hamstring in the Vista del Lago game in which he rushed for 164 yards and scored four touchdowns. “He’s a very good teammate, he runs extremely hard, but he’s not playing in this game. We don’t want him to miss this season,” said Lakeside Coach Mark Chandler, “We hope he can make it back in the next game or two. Our goal is to win two or three league games and get a shot at the playoffs this year.” There are 37 teams in Division 11 that Lakeside has to compete with for a playoff spot.

Heritage got the ball first and made three consecutive first downs with a 10-yard rush by Sherod White, a 32-yard pass from QB Devan Freedland to Rashad Shelton, and a 13-yard gain on a pitch to Ika Tautala. Two plays later White scored from 7 yards out. Just over two minutes had ticked off the clock. It was a harbinger of more to come.

Following a Lakeside punt, 34 seconds later, Freedland hit Rickie Johnson for a 40-yard score. Running back Jesse Estrada scored from 25 yards on a pitch play with two minutes left in the first quarter. On the first play of their last possession of the first period with 24 seconds left, Freedland connected with tight end Tonga Tavake for a 49-yard score to end the period at 26-0.

Lakeside’s only score came midway through the final quarter when linebacker Aaron Krank recovered a fumble and returned it 35 yards as the Heritage Patriots went on to win their homecoming game 60-7.

Lakeside hosts Paloma Valley (5-1) and the passing attack of Chance Nolan, Mason Carvalho and Koale Schroeder, who defeated Temescal Canyon 48-10.

Heritage travels to power-running Elsinore (5-1) who beat Perris 32-18.

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