With a schedule that included games against three teams currently ranked in the top three of their respective classes — Clinton, Davis and Kingfisher — Heritage Hall found itself in a tough situation amid a rebuilding year.
But now that the toughest portion of the schedule is behind them, the Chargers can turn to a slate of winnable games for the remainder of the regular season.
There will be some challenges, with Newcastle and Mount St. Mary the next two weeks, and an improving Star Spencer squad in Week 10. The Bobcats hung with top-ranked Kingfisher, losing 16-0 last week.
Senior Chedon Shockley has been a sparkplug for Heritage Hall, catching 33 passes for 490 yards and three touchdowns through five games, coming off a 221-yard, three-touchdown game against John Marshall last week. He also has 29 tackles and three sacks on defense.
Shockley continues to build a strong connection with sophomore quarterback Connor McGinnis, who is 50-of-85 for 666 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
MARTIN IMPROVING FOR DEFENDING CHAMPS
Sam Martin was a big part of last season's Class A championship as Wayne's quarterback.
But Martin has played even better so far this season, helping the Bulldogs to a 5-0 start.
Martin has thrown for 338 yards and five touchdowns without an interception, while running for 450 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He's really making better decisions so far,” Wayne coach Brandon Sharp said. “He's an even bigger part of our offense now.”
Class A No. 2 Wayne plays at Stratford on Friday.