Week 2 of the 2020 high school football season sent the Kirk Raiders on the road to face the defending Class 5A state champion Heritage Patriots.
Things didn’t start well from the opening whistle. Heritage intercepted a Colbert Hathcock pass on the opening play of the game. The Patriots responded with a 34-yard scoring strike on their first offensive play to make it 7-0. The home team never looked back and won a 42-0 decision.
Kirk drops to 0-2 on the season. Heritage improves to 1-1 with the win.
“We had a chance early to score but dropped a touchdown pass,” KA head coach Mike Beagle. “We just need to have players step and make plays. At times, we would do some positive things and a times things would be a bust.”
The final stats showed that Kirk still struggled to block the opposition. The Raiders could only manage 22 yards running the football.
“No question, we are struggling to block folks,” Beagle said. “It is not just upfront, our running backs aren’t blocking either. There have been glimpses that we are going to get going and then we struggle when that happens. We just have to fight through it.”
Jacob Habig paced the Kirk rushing attack with 22 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Walker Staten paced Kirk with five tackles.
The Raiders will travel Sept. 11 to face Marshall Academy in Holly Springs with a 7 p.m. kickoff.