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Heritage Hall Rallies to 2A Title

Murray Evans Published: December 13, 1998

The Indians "did everything they could to possibly win this thing," Tishomingo coach Rex Breed said. "As far as I'm concerned, they're still the No. 1 team in Class 2A in the state of Oklahoma. They just didn't win the ball game today. (Heritage Hall) is an excellent football team. They played a great ball game."

Colton, a junior, completed 22-of-32 passes for 258 yards. That gave him 3,127 passing yards for the season, breaking the state single-season record held for eight days by Tulsa Union's Josh Blankenship. Blankenship passed for 3,119 yards this season.

Welker, as usual, did a little bit of everything for the Chargers. The junior tailback caught nine passes for 92 yards, rushed 19 times for 58 yards and three touchdowns, had an interception, kicked a 47-yard field goal and had 75 return yards.

Tishomingo had four players leave the game because of second-half injuries, including Harbert, the Indians' leading rusher. Before his injury, Harbert had 13 carries for 187 yards, including touchdown runs of 40 and 93 yards. Wood rushed 16 times for 109 yards.

Harbert's 40-yarder came in the first quarter. Heritage Hall's Nick Duttweiler blocked a punt by Wood late in the first quarter, which resulted in a safety.

After the ensuing free kick, the Chargers drove 45 yards and scored on an 18-yard Welker run. J.T. Glomset reached back and one-handed a Colton pass to complete a successful 2-point conversion, making it 10-7. That started a wild second quarter, in which the teams combined for 33 points.

Wood had a 22-yard touchdown run to put the Indians up 14-10. Welker boomed the 47-yard field goal - his career best - to make it 14-13, and his interception and return to the Tishomingo 30 set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Colton to Paul Long. Colton's 2-point run gave Heritage Hall a 21-14 lead. Harbert answered with his 93-yard touchdown run, which tied the game.

The Chargers went for a touchdown on fourth-and-inches from the Tishomingo 11, but a Colton pass fell incomplete 58 seconds before halftime.

A 16-yard Wood touchdown run with 6:58 left in the third quarter capped an 80-yard, six-play drive and put the Indians ahead 28-21.

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