When you're playing a familiar foe for the second time in a season, you need to reach into your bag of tricks.
Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert went deep into his, and it's one reason the Chargers will have the chance to play for another championship.
Junior lineman Markus Wakefield threw his first career pass â€” that turned out to be a touchdown â€” in helping Heritage Hall to a 28-14 victory against Bethany in a Class 3A semifinal Saturday night at Putnam City Stadium.
The Chargers (14-0) play Kingfisher (10-3) in the championship on Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Heritage Hall beat the Yellowjackets 42-14 in Week 10.
Bogert said he was simply looking for another option in one of the offensive formation sets. Assistant coaches and players told him Wakefield could throw the ball.
Yes, the same Wakefield that is 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds. The same Wakefield that has been a dominant force on defense all season. Wakefield found Sterling Shepard for a 23-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game to set the tone.
â€œIt was a great play call by coach Bogert,â€ Wakefield said. â€œWe practiced it all week. I knew I just had to give Sterling a shot, and he would come down with it.â€
Bogert said Wakefield was 5-for-5 in practice on the play so he decided to roll the dice.
But even with a 14-0 lead, Heritage Hall was far from done with Bethany. The Bronchos got right back into the game on a 71-yard touchdown pass from Ryley Claborn to Gage Diffee made it 14-6, and the Bronchos tied it at 14 in the second quarter.
â€œThat's a great team, and we knew they were going to keep fighting,â€ Shepard said. â€œWe kept our composure and did what we needed to do.â€
And with the offense sputtering at times, the Chargers looked to their defense. And as the group has done all season, it delivered.
Heritage Hall limited Bethany to nine yards in the second half. The Chargers sacked Claborn three times and forced a fumble that Wakefield recovered in the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.
â€œYou could see it in their eyes at halftime,â€ Bogert said. â€œNot one of them was down. They were ready. That was an outstanding second half on defense.â€
For the game, Heritage Hall had five sacks and caused three turnovers.
Heritage Hall quarterback Cooper Cloud threw for two touchdowns, while Bethany star running back Devin Campbell also had a touchdown.