Day After Report: Union 27, Heritage 0

In a game where the defenses render the offenses moot, there usually is an X factor.
Special teams.

Friday’s game between Union and Heritage wasn’t much for fans of offense. The teams failed to score in the first half.

But the defenses were great. Union’s defense either scored or directly set up two Titans touchdowns in the 27-0 win.

Special teams were great too, scoring one touchdown. Braedon Ensley scored on a 60-yard punt return to give Union a 20-0 lead.

Between Ensley’s punt return, Abe Smith’s interception return for a touchdown and Connor Culp’s two extra points, Union’s defense/special teams outscored the offense 15-12.

Speaking of Culp, he has a heck of a leg. In the fourth quarter, the senior tried a 42-yard yard field goal. It had the distance to be good from 50 yards, but missed to the left.

While we’re on the topic of strong-legged kickers, Heritage’s Kyle Hood is one of the area’s top punters.

In the second quarter, the senior launched a soaring spiral over the head of Union’s punt returners. It was a 60-yard punt that rolled into the end zone. It traveled some 45 yards in the air.



Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.

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