2021.09.24 Football: Heritage @ Lightridge

Aldie, VA (September 24, 2021) - On a beautiful fall evening, Lightridge High School celebrated its first ever Homecoming and its first ever senior night. The stands were packed with excited students and fans, the cheerleaders were encouraging the crowd, and the band was rocking to the cool rhythms of "Hey Baby." Everything was perfect, except, well, the Lightning still had to play the game against the undefeated Heritage Pride.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted images from the game, from senior night, of the homecoming court, and of the marching band's post-game show.

Fielding one of its best team in years, the Pride came to Aldie off a huge win over Tuscarora. But Lightridge was ready, and people expecting an immediate rout were in for a pleasant surprise.

Heritage began the first drive deep in their own territory, and Lightridge forced them to punt. The Lightning then put together an impressive drive that ended in a blocked field goal, yet set the scrappy, hard-working tone for the first half.

The next time the Pride had the ball they looked like a 4-0 team and scored on a long pass from quarterback Braden Smith. After missing the extra point, the Heritage defense again could not slow the Lightridge offense. With a minute left in the first quarter, the Bolts' Carter Working whipped a pass over the middle for the tying touchdown as the period ended, 6-6. 

At 8:12 of the second quarter, Heritage scored to make it 13-6. Again the Lightning drove deep into Pride territory, only to turn the ball over to Heritage on downs with just a minute remaining in the half. Needing simply to run the clock out, the Pride fumbled giving Lightridge a golden opportunity to score. But the Pride defensive backfield came up with a huge interception in the end zone to end the half with no harm done.

Lightridge tried to attack a Heritage short second half opening kickoff, but the returner was crushed and fumbled, and the next two plays completely changed the course of the game. It started when Heritage fumbled the ball right back to the Lightning, but on the next play Working had his pass blocked, was injured, and would not return.

After that shift it was all Heritage. The Pride scored three times including two touchdown passes to Kyle Alt and one long scoring run from by Omari Cornwall. Any momentum and confidence the Lightning had earned earlier in the game was gone and the Pride looked like a team on a mission. By the time the third period ended, it was 35-6 and the game was all but over.

Heritage scored midway through the fourth quarter to make it 42-6, but the Lightning had one more redeeming drive left. With 6:00 remaining in the game they moved the ball efficiently and mistake-free for a final touchdown and some momentum for next week.

Final Score: Heritage 42 - Lightridge 12

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