Trips to Kansas and Arkansas have proven productive for the Heritage Hall football team that is trying to build itself back into a state championship contender.
The Chargers recently attended a team camp at Kansas State, and won the 7-on-7 tournament on the final day of the camp. And over the weekend, Heritage Hall reached the finals of the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock, Ark.
Heritage Hall was one of the smallest schools to reach the final eight, which also included Allen, Texas, and large Arkansas schools like Fayetteville and Little Rock Central, among others.
Lake Hamilton (Pearcy, Ark.) defeated the Chargers 37-28 in the finals on Saturday.
But the performance was important for a young Heritage Hall squad that will rely on several sophomores and juniors at the skill positions. Junior Matthew McLaughlin was named the event’s Outstanding Receiver, while others like junior quarterback Connor McGinnis and senior T.J. Schallner also stood out.
“We just came in and played really well,” coach Andy Bogert said. “Connor threw the ball really well, just had a great day.”
Heritage Hall beat Topeka in the finals of the Kansas State tournament.