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Heritage: 'Forgotten' class crucial to success...

Bob Przybylo Modified: May 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm •  Published: November 25, 2009

By Robert Przybylo
BPrzybylo@opubco.com

Heritage Hall (8-4) vs. Pawhuska (10-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Pawhuska HS (I’ll be there)

I’ve been accused more than once of short-changing the rest of the Heritage Hall team. With that type of sophomore class, it does happen from time to time.

Not on purpose, but it’s tough to ignore Barry Sanders, Sterling Shepard, Markus Wakefield, Marc Robinson, Quintaz Struble, Brandon Moews, Cale Courtney, and the list goes on and on.

But those sophomores have been quick to point out to me a number of times what the seniors have meant to them and to the team.

Seniors Austin Smith and Tanner France are able to make some plays on offense at the wide receiver position. Smith is also a kicker while France plays in the secondary.

But there are a couple of seniors on defense that sometimes get overlooked: Travis Harrison and Logan McGrath.

That’s why I focused on the two in Wednesday’s story because they don’t get the recognition all the time.

The very first question I asked was do they ever feel underappreciated because of all the talk about the sophomores?

They looked at each other and laughed and said yes. I loved the honesty. It doesn’t mean they don’t love their teammates, but it would get on my nerves if I was out there and nobody ever mentioned the contributions. Especially since they’ve been so productive.

This year’s team is a ‘different close’ than last year. Last year’s team was on a mission, and those seniors were a tight group.

This year is more of a ‘whole team’ thing. Everybody is tight-knit with each other, and it’s been showing here down the stretch.

Taking a look at Pawhuska on Thursday. Also, look for a light-hearted piece about coach Andy Bogert in Thursday’s paper.