The Hidden Valley Titans have been one of the biggest surprises of the playoffs, getting in as a 12 seed and then proceeding to reel off road wins at Spotswood and Lord Botetourt.
On Friday night the task would be the toughest yet at Lynchburg's City Stadium against a seasoned Heritage team that was unbeaten at 12-0, and on a mission to make it back to the state title round for the second consecutive year.
Brad Bradley's team was down 7-0 at the half and looking for some answers.
We pick it up midway through the third quarter. The Titans were on the move. But not for long. The Pioneers’ Antwan Carter picks off the Jake Smiley pass and takes it back out to the Hidden Valley 41-yard line.
The two swap possessions before Carter intercepts Smiley again. He takes this one back to the 18 yard line of the Titans.
On 3rd-and-7 from the 15, Austin Fitzgerald hit Tyron Tracy on a drag route just short of the goal line and it was first and goal for Heritage.
Two plays later, Frankie Hickson plunges in and it was 7-6 after a blocked extra point.
Hidden Valley tried to put things on ice, but Smiley threw another interception, this one to Jamik Alexander, and Heritage took over at its own 7 yard line with 3 minutes left and still down a point.
The Pioneers go 76 yards in eight plays culminating with Fitzgerald scrambling around the edge 10 yards and stretching for the pylon. Heritage escapes with the 12 to 7 win over a game Hidden Valley squad. The Pioneers will be at home next week for the state semis.