Heritage Hall's offense has found its way the past four games, averaging nearly 45 points per game.
Next week, though, it may need more.
The Chargers upset Lone Grove 45-35 to open the Class 3A playoffs on Friday, but now travel to Seminole to face star running back Papi White and the third-ranked Chieftains.
“We're going to need a lot of points,” Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said. “They've got the package. They've got the quarterback, they've got the running back, they've got the receivers and they've got the defense. It's going to be a difficult task.”
Heritage Hall (6-4) has faced a difficult task all season, though.
The Chargers have been decimated by injuries — 12 players are out with season-ending injuries. Eight of those players were starters, too.
But the return of sophomore running back Terrell Love from an early season concussion has been a huge boost during their four-game winning streak.
Nicknamed “Tank,” Love has given the Chargers some much-needed balance. On Friday, Love scored three touchdowns, opening things up for star quarterback Connor McGinnis.
“Last night with Terrell Love, his running definitely helped every part of our offense,” said McGinnis, a junior. “It gives us confidence that we'll be able to put points up and go to different players to put up points.”
But how many points will the Chargers need to put on the scoreboard this week?
Seminole (11-0) has averaged 47 points per game all season, with the lowest output being a 20-14 win against Cushing in Week 8. The highest output was 76 points in a Week 1 win against Lincoln Christian, a playoff team in Class 2A.
The Chieftains rely heavily on White, who rushed for a school-record 466 yards and three touchdowns during Friday's 52-19 demolition of Marlow.
Those kind of high numbers are what the Chargers are hoping to avoid, but it also adds pressure to their offense.
“They know that we're going to have to score, without a doubt,” Bogert said. “If we don't, we're going to have some trouble.”
Bogert said another key for the Chargers' run has been the play of McGinnis, who has improved in the new offense each week and entered the playoffs with 16 TD passes and six rushing TDs.
“He's kind of been more in command,” Bogert said. “Obviously, winning some games helps. What he's really done well is he's getting his reads down on a lot of stuff we're doing. Now he's really in tune and he's on top of it watching film a lot. The guys know that he's one of our guys and he makes the offense goes.”
McGinnis, though, doesn't feel the added pressure Seminole's offense brings.
“We just need to focus on ourselves going out and executing,” he said. “It's the playoffs; the winner goes on and the loser goes home. That's about all it is.”