LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — EC Glass and Heritage met Friday night in their annual Jug Bowl grudge match with plenty on the line, including a likely Seminole District title. Two high powered offenses and lockdown defenses clashed as the Hilltoppers tried to reclaim the Jug.
A matchup that really needs no introduction, Heritage and Glass come in with a combined 15 wins and just one loss. Both teams score more than 40 points a game, and both teams allow less than 20. Both bragging rights and a fast track to the Seminole District title are on the line in Lynchburg in our spotlight game of the week.
E.C. Glass was putting its perfect record up against the defending state champs. The Pioneers wanted to show the Hilltoppers who was boss.
In the first quarter, they tried to do just that. On a 4th and 1, Kentayven Howard-Vaughan smashed through the line to pick up the Pioneer 1st down.
On the next play, Howard-Vaughan goes untouched to the end zone. The senior puts Heritage on the board first at 7-0 Pioneers.
Glass would take over, and QB Dresean Kendrick looked to throw, did and found Marquise Woodruff, but the ball was immediately knocked out by Kenneth Crawford. Spencer Goolsby was the first Pioneer on the pile, and the officials said Heritage has it, but they went three and out.
Fast forward to second and goal for Glass, Quoterrious Craighead, fights it in up the middle. Glass ties it up at 7 apiece. That was your score heading into the break.
The second half was a defensive grind for both teams. Glass facing a 4th and 5 to start the 4th quarter, but Kendrick's throw goes into the ground turnover on downs.
Then late in the game, just more than a minute left, Heritage is driving, looking to seal it, but QB Kam Burns found a Hilltopper instead. It was Cam Robinson on the huge pick to stop the Pioneers in their tracks. No scoring in the second half, and we're going to overtime. Lynchburg City Stadium was going crazy.
Glass had the ball first in OT. Kendrick handed it off, big pile up and the ball came loose, but look at Kendrick, who picked it up at the back of the pile, bounces around the outside and has the score. Glass takes a 14-7 lead, and now, Heritage needs a touchdown to stay alive.
Here we go. Direct snap, KJ Vaughan. Touchdown Pioneers. In this cold, defensive battle, head coach Brad Bradley wants to end it right here. Heritage is going for two and here it is. Direct snap again to Vaughan, dives for the goal line. It's really close. Both sides think they've won the game.
The official signals the two-point attempt is good, and Heritage, in dramatic overtime fashion, takes down EC Glass to end the Hilltoppers perfect season, and claim the Jug Bowl for the second year in a row.
Head coach Brad Bradley's 200th win was also his team's most impressive here in 2019, as the Pioneers edge out the Hilltoppers in a Jug Bowl for the ages. Heritage will look to clinch the Seminole next week against LCA, while Glass caps off its regular season at Brookville.