Brookville breaks Heritage's streak
Heritage suffers first loss of the season to Bees
Lynchburg News & Advance
Sunday, October 28, 2007

The full moon that hung low over City Stadium on Saturday night must have felt eclipsed by the performance of Brookville’s Logan Thomas.

The junior led the Bees’ to a 28-21 defeat of previously unbeaten Heritage.

"(Thomas) is the truth," Brookville coach Jeff Woody said. "We are lucky to have him on our sideline."

Thomas, a 6-foot-5 220 pound quarterback, didn’t spend much time on the sideline though.

He rushed for touchdown, threw for a touchdown, caused a fumble on defense and kept a key drive alive by running for a first down on a fake punt.

"I don’t get tired anymore." Thomas said.

Brookville (7-3, 5-1 Seminole) and Heritage (8-1, 4-1) slogged it out for much of the first half, but the Bees took a 7-0 lead into the break off of Thomas’ 8-yard run and Dirk Daniels’ extra point.

Two blitzing Pioneer defenders had a shot at sacking Thomas before he escaped to the outside and strolled up the sideline for the score.

"(Thomas) is a once in a lifetime kind of kid to coach," Woody said. "He understands the game. He is very competitive and generous. He’s the truth."

The fireworks started in the second half, and Thomas led the way.

Lorenzo Smith returned the opening kickoff to the Heritage 47 but it was a key block by Thomas that sprung Smith up the sideline.

Brookville needed 11 plays, including a pair of fourth down conversions, but powered its way to a 14-0 lead.

The first fourth down conversion came on 4th and 3 at Heritage’s 39.

Thomas took the snap from his upback position and swept left before cutting up field for 14-yard gain.

The second time came on 4th-and 1 at the Pioneers’ 16.

Stacey Houston picked up the yard by spinning off of couple of hits in the backfield and falling forward for the first down.

Houston capped the drive with a 1-yard run and Daniels made the extra point.

Heritage finally got the offense going after being short circuited by a pair of fumbles and a couple of dropped passes in the first half.

The Pioneers drove 51-yards on 9-plays and scored on Jon Dansby’s 13-yard pass from A. J. Payne on 3rd and goal. Josh Landis added the extra point making it 14-7.

But Woody wasn’t about to let Heritage snatch the momentum.

"Knowing coach Woody’s tendencies I thought (he might go for a big play)," Thomas said. "I thought maybe a little fake-and-go and there it was. I knew it was coming."

On Brookville’s first play from scrimmage, Thomas hit Chad Mason on a 55-yard bomb that took it down to the Pioneers’ 15.

"We kind of set that up," Woody said. "We were running a quick screen with Lorenzo Smith. We wanted them to bite on that and hit Chad Mason over the top. Logan made a great throw and Mason made a great catch."

Houston scored on the next play and Daniels made it 21-7 Brookville.

Houston finished the night with 78 yards rushing on 19 carries.

The Bees’ defense forced a three-and-out and Brookville took just six plays to drive the 44 yards where the Bees scored on Thomas’ 8-yard pass to Smith.

Smith flared out into the flat but was covered. He turned it up the field and Thomas lofted a ball into the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

Thomas had 44 yard rushing and completed 11 of his 15 passes in the game for 151 yards.

Heritage added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but the Pioneers rally was ended when the Bees’ Jarrett Bateman stepped forward and cleanly handled the Heritage onside kick with 1:37 left.

"We weren’t ready to play tonight and I take responsibility for that," Heritage coach Chris Jones said. "It doesn’t matter the reason. We just weren’t ready to play and Brookville took it to us."

The Pioneers loss to the Bees removes some of the luster from Heritage’s Nov. 2 game at Amherst but the Seminole title will still be on the line for the undefeated Lancers (9-0, 5-0), Pioneers and Brookville.

"There a great quote that character isn’t built it’s revealed," Jones said. "Life is hard and unfair but we have got to find a way to bounce back."

Brookville has finished its season with one loss in the Seminole District and could still get a share of the title if Heritage upsets the Lancers.

"This win was about respect," Woody said. "It was about respect for our program and respect for Division 3 football."