By Robert Przybylo
Been an interesting summer for the boys at Heritage Hall. The Chargers, as usual, have been making the rounds playing 7-on-7 competitions in Arkansas.
Heritage fared very well at one a couple of weeks ago, losing to Allen, Texas, on the final play. Enrollment for Allen is only at 4,700.
The Chargers will be back for 7-on-7 stuff in Springdale, Ark., and will be the smallest team competing. Muskogee and McAlester are the other Oklahoma teams there that includes Shiloh Christian (the only team to beat Lincoln Christian last year). That event is July 9-10 (same as the HUGE one in Edmond).
My biggest question was QB. Sterling Shepard has proven to be very formidable at the spot, but the concussions are a concern. Cooper Cloud shut me up time and time again late in the season and performed well.
So what to do? Hmm, how about nothing?
Right now, coach Andy Bogert has both of them playing the position. They’re two very different QBs that bring different skills to the table. If they’re not QBs, they’re both solid at wide receiver, said Bogert. So it will be tough to prepare because you won’t notice a change in their personnel.
Heritage is trying to recover after the loss of Marc Robinson, who has transferred to Millwood. Bogert said the 7-on-7 format isn’t helping in that respect, but the team has found a break out star in wide receiver Shaun Tkach.
Bogert said Tkach proved to be a very versatile player last year and didn’t drop a ball in Arkansas.
Barry Sanders tweaked him hamstring a while back so he’s been playing defense at these events for the most part. Bogert said it’s not a big concern and that Sanders should be ready to roll in Springdale.
The Chargers are one of numerous teams making that jump up to the ultra-tough Class 3A. And one thing these 7-on-7 events are doing is building toughness, playing hard in the Arkansas heat.