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Heritage Hall stuns Clinton 41-7 at Tornado Bowl

BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: September 9, 2011

Barry Sanders fumbled on the first play of the game, which led to a quick Clinton touchdown four plays later. But after Clinton tailback Jalee Rainge's 17-yard touchdown run, the game quickly turned into a rout.

Heritage Hall scored the next five times it had the ball. Sanders had a 14-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Quinn Shanbour connected with wide receiver Cale Courtney on a 43-yard scoring strike.

Defensive tackle Markus Wakefield intercepted a screen pass and raced 15 yards for a touchdown. Shanbour had a quarterback sneak for a score and Quintaz Struble blocked a punt that was recovered by Brandon Moews for a touchdown.

The Chargers led 34-7 at halftime. Sanders didn't play the second half. Sterling Shepard caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Shanbour midway through the third period, then both sat with the rest of the starters for the remainder of the game.

Shepard said the Chargers were very much aware of Clinton's rich tradition and prepared in practice as if Friday night's contest was a playoff game.

“They are definitely one of the best teams we play all year,” Shepard said. “We know they are a big school and take (football) seriously here. It really feels good to come out with a great win.”