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Heritage can't slow down Stratford offense

WHITE HOUSE — White House Heritage will have to wait a little longer for its first Region 5-3A victory of the season.

WH Heritage' s Nick Desmarais (14) pulls down a touchdown pass over Stratford's Rod Reed (10) in the first half during week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16.

WH Heritage’ s Nick Desmarais (14) pulls down a touchdown pass over Stratford’s Rod Reed (10) in the first half during week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16.

The Patriots couldn’t handle Stratford on Friday night as the Spartans raced past Heritage 56-7.

Stratford (5-0) is The Tennessean’s top-ranked team in its small school poll.

And the Spartans lived up to the billing.

Heritage couldn’t slow down Stratford’s playmakers.

WH Heritage' s Austin Gunter (4) is sacked Stratford's Zyshaun Simmons (44) during week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16, 2016.

WH Heritage’ s Austin Gunter (4) is sacked Stratford’s Zyshaun Simmons (44) during week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Quarterback Josh Trueheart threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns and also added 136 on the ground and three scores.

Trueheart ran 64 yards on the Spartans’ first offensive snap. A play later Stratford had a 7-0 lead.

Trueheart hit Terrell Carter for a 65-yard TD pass for a 14-0 lead in the next possession.

“We knew coming in that they had people that could score every play and the quarterback (Trueheart) showed right off the bat what he could do,” White House Heritage coach Hunter Hicks said. “That’s just a really good football team he’s (Maurice Fitzgerald) put together and they’re just turning into a monster.”

White House Heritage fan Bailey Messina uses a bullhorn get fans excited prior to the kickoff of the Stratford at WH Heritage game in week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16.

White House Heritage fan Bailey Messina uses a bullhorn get fans excited prior to the kickoff of the Stratford at WH Heritage game in week 5 of High School Football on Friday, September 16.

Stratford kept adding to the lead off another Trueheart one-yard score followed by a Michael Williams 14-yard touchdown run.

Trueheart found Carter again, this time on a 46-yard touchdown pass with just 12 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Spartans a 35-0 halftime lead.

Heritage trimmed it to 35-7 to open the second half when Austin Gunter found Nick Desmarais for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

That was the only time the Patriots were able to score as the Spartans held them to just 121 total yards of offense as Stratford outscored them 21-7 in the second half.

Gunter was 7-10 throwing for 62 yards and a touchdown. Awstyn Courneya led the way for the Patriots on the ground with 31 yards on six rushing attempts.

White House Heritage heads into its open week looking to prepare for region rival Greenbrier in its next game.

“Hopefully we can mentally and physically recover from this we’ve worked way to hard, the kids have worked way to hard to let this one game affect our whole season.” Hicks said.

Week 5 Robertson Co. scores

Springfield 44, White House 7

Westmoreland 30, East Robertson 13

East Nashville 35, Greenbrier 0

Nashville Christian 51, Jo Byrns 7

Stratford 56, White House Heritage 7

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