Ross Clifton isn't the fastest player on Heritage Hall by a longshot.
But after Clifton returned a pooch kick 70 yards for a touchdown in Heritage Hall's 29-13 win over Davis on Friday night, he turned some heads.
“Everybody always talks about him not being fast, but he showed people tonight,” Chargers wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “That was huge right there. It turned the game around.”
Heritage Hall doesn't find themselves in tight games very often.
But late in the first half, Davis finished off an 18-play drive that lasted nearly nine minutes with a touchdown to pull within two points.
Chargers coach Andy Bogert was heading out of his press box seat to the locker room for the halftime talk.
Davis (2-1) wasn't going to risk kicking it deep to Shepard, and Clifton was prepared to call for a fair catch before seeing some daylight in front of him.
“There was nobody there so I figured I'd try it,” Clifton said. “I turned left, turned right and there was just a huge hole there.
“Right when I hit the crease I knew I had a chance.”
After making some defensive adjustments to defend against the Wolves' wishbone offense at halftime, the Chargers scored early in the second half and, Davis never threatened the lead.
Shepard caught six passes for 154 yards, including a diving 35-yard touchdown catch that put Heritage Hall ahead 29-7 in the fourth.
The Chargers hadn't played a close game this season and aren't likely to again until late in the year.
“We've been going out pretty early so it was nice to be able to play for four quarters,” Shepard said.
Davis, the top team in Class 2A, doesn't figure to be challenged much during district play either.
Preparing for the Wolves' offense was a difficult task for Heritage Hall.
“We're lucky to have played them enough in the past where we know what they're going to do,” Bogert said. “But we don't want our guys going like they go. The past three or four years we've put (Heritage Hall assistant) Brett (Bogert) at quarterback in practice because he's so quick. Nobody on our team can replicate that.”
Bogert will give his team time to heal this week.
“They're going to be plenty sore this week,” he said. “Both teams will be.”
The Chargers had a 9-0 lead early in the second quarter before Davis ground it out with their long, slow touchdown drive that was exclusively on the ground.
But then, Clifton found his hole.
“We could've gone in deflated at half and instead, we're going in high and then we came out on a high,” Bogert said.