PALM BAY — Lasedrick King scored three touchdowns, including one on a backbreaking 90-yard kickoff return as time expired in the first half to help lead Heritage past Deltona 56-14 in a Class 6A first-round playoff matchup Friday night.
“Coach came in with a great plan and the offensive line executed well and they made all their blocks and me and my backs, we just ran hard,” said King of he and the team’s success on the ground against the Wolves.
Despite the lopsided score, things didn’t start off all that great for Heritage. Deltona received the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a drive capped off by a 7-yard pitch and catch from Marquies Lane to Evan Hinson that put the Wolves up 7-0.
King made his presence felt late in the first quarter, scoring on a five-yard run to help the Panthers even it up at the end of the first quarter. He scored again, this time in on a four-yard run with 8:24 in the second.
Heritage’s defense, which stiffened up in a big way after the first drive, furthered the Panthers’ momentum when Matthew Allaire took a fumble and ran it 23 yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback Daeshawn Mills added to the Panthers’ lead with a 9-yard scamper to put his team up 27-7 later in the second.
Deltona, which displayed a fair amount of talent throughout, cut it to a two-score game when Dewayne Gillyard scored on 1-yard plunge with 12 seconds left in the half, but King returned the ensuing kick for a touchdown to end the half and essentially salt the game away for the Panthers.
“Lasedrick King did a great job finding the creases and I saw a lot of blue jerseys getting out in front of him, doing their job, staying on their blocks,” said Heritage head coach Mark Ainsley.
Three touchdowns in the third quarter blew it wide open for Heritage as Josh Gaines scored on a 32-yard run, Darrian Abney returned a fumble 4 yards for a score on defense and Josh Harden ran 17 yards for touchdowns to account for the final margin of victory and force the clock to run for most of the second half.
Gaines led the way with 87 yards and a touchdown for Heritage (9-2), which will travel to Daytona Beach for a date with traditional power Mainland (10-1) next Friday night.
“It’s going to be Heritage taking care of Heritage,” said Ainsley of the key to winning moving forward. “Tonight we’re going to enjoy the win, any time you get a playoff win it’s great. We’re in the Sweet 16 and we’ll get to work tomorrow morning.”
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Heritage 56, Deltona 14
Deltona 7 7 0 0 — 14
Heritage 7 28 21 0 — 56
HOW THEY SCORED
D- Evan Hinson 7 reception from Marquies Lane (Eddie Cronin kick), 6:21
H- Lasedrick King 5 run (Huete kick)
H- King 4 run (kick failed), 8:24
H- Matthew Allaire 23 fumble recovery for touchdown (Huete kick), 7:11
H- Daeshawn Mills 9 run (Huete kick), 4:10
D- Dewayne Gillyard 1 run (Cronin kick), :12
H- Lasedrick King 90 kickoff return (Harden 2-pt. run), :00
H – Gaines 32 run (Huete kick), 8:30
H – Darrian Abney 4 fumble recovery for touchdown (Huete kick), 6:03
H – Josh Harden 17 run (Huete kick), 1:00
Passing: D- James Douglas 6-13-INT-78 yards, Mookie Lane 2-5-12 yards (1 TD); H- Daeshawn Mills 5-10-32 yards. Rushing: D- Lane 9-29, Kamiron Hill 4-24, Cameron Myles 4-18, Ahmad Robinson 4-13, Khayleb Willis 1-9, Eddie Cronin 1-6, Dewayne Gillyard 1-1 (TD), Douglas 3-(-1), Ge’undre Rone 1-(-3) ; H – Josh Gaines 8-87 (TD), Lasedrick King 8-41, Negail Wright 2-29, Josh Harden 3-22 (TD), Nadarius Oliver 3-20, Mills 6-19 (TD), Team 1-15, Receiving: D- Jewahn Johnson 1-40, Evan Hinson 3-29 (TD), Ahmad Robinson 1-15, Khayleb Willis 2-11, Marquies Lane 1-9; H – Nicholas Barber 1-12, Dalton Barman 2-11, Oliver 1-7, Harden 1-2.