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Star-studded Heritage Hall hopes to repeat as champions

By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011
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Heritage Hall went 15-0 last season, winning the Class 3A state championship.

And now, even with a stunning six NCAA Division I recruits on the roster and 19 returning starters, repeating as champions is a tall task, Chargers coach Andy Bogert said.

“I think everybody at the school, players and coaches are expecting us to win it again,” Bogert said. “It's tough to repeat.”

Running back Barry J. Sanders and receiver Sterling Shepard headline the Chargers' dynamic offense. Sanders has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career and Shepard, an Oklahoma commit, caught 18 touchdowns in 2010.

The Chargers will also have quarterback Quinn Shanbour, who is getting Division I interest from several colleges, starting this year. Shanbour had to sit out last season after transferring from Bishop McGuinness.

Markus Wakefield (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) is getting interest from several Division I schools and anchors both the offensive and defensive lines. He had 137 tackles and 15 sacks last season.

“Every time you win a state championship, there's gonna be a target on your back,” Wakefield said. “Everybody's gonna give you their best game, so we're preparing for that.”

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