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Heritage opens football season with last minute win over Evergreen

Timberwolves score with 27 seconds left to claim the non-league victory

VANCOUVER — Just call them clutch.

The Heritage Timberwolves went 63 yards in the closing minutes of their game Friday night, scoring a touchdown with 27 seconds left to open the 2018 high school football season with a victory.

Heritage running back Isaac Roa (28) is pulled down by his jersey as Evergreen’s Jacob Leckie (74) does whatever is necessary to stop the Timberwolves’ ball carrier Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Despite the efforts of Leckie and his teammates, Heritage prevailed 21-17 over the Plainsmen. Photo by Mike Schultz
Heritage running back Isaac Roa (28) is pulled down by his jersey as Evergreen’s Jacob Leckie (74) does whatever is necessary to stop the Timberwolves’ ball carrier Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Despite the efforts of Leckie and his teammates, Heritage prevailed 21-17 over the Plainsmen. Photo by Mike Schultz

Kahai Umiamaka caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Nikki Scott, giving Heritage a 21-17 victory over Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium.

This was a game featuring two teams that went 4-5 last year, both teams looking for their first winning seasons this decade.

Heritage got the first step toward that goal, making it happen after Evergreen had scored 17 consecutive points to take the lead.

Evergreen running back Eli Vaa-Leiataua (3) dashes over the goal line for a second-quarter touchdown in Friday’s action at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Evergreen running back Eli Vaa-leiataua (3) dashes over the goal line for a second-quarter touchdown in Friday’s action at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Eli Del-Angel was true on a 24-yard field goal with 3:12 left in the game to give the Plainsmen a three-point lead.

Heritage then went to work.

Anthony Kee caught a tipped pass — a near interception — and picked up 14 yards to get the Timberwolves heading in the right direction.

Umiamaka followed with a 21-yard reception. A penalty added five yards to the play.

From there, Kee ran the ball on four consecutive plays, getting Heritage to the 9-yard line.

After a timeout, Scott threw his second touchdown pass of the game.

Heritage receiver Jorden Oliveras (11) makes an over-the-shoulder catch that set up a Timberwolves’ touchdown. Photo by Mike Schultz
Heritage receiver Jorden Oliveras (11) makes an over-the-shoulder catch that set up a Timberwolves’ touchdown. Photo by Mike Schultz

Evergreen did get to the Heritage 40-yard line with 14 seconds left in the game. Heritage’s Orlando Patino-Gonzalez intercepted a deep pass to secure the win.

Scott opened his career with a 94-yard touchdown bomb to Daniel Barrera for a 7-0 Heritage lead in the first quarter.

The Timberwolves made it 14-0 when Skyler Scoggins connected with Andrew Thom for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Evergreen responded. Eli Vaa-leiataua scored on a 44-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He added a 4-yard touchdown late in the first half. Vaa-leiataua finished the game with 184 yards on 22 carries.

Evergreen defensive back Luke Allen (6) intercepts a Heritage pass in the second quarter of Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Evergreen defensive back Luke Allen (6) intercepts a Heritage pass in the second quarter of Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Plainsmen used 11 plays to go 60 yards to the 7-yard line. Del-Angel connected on the field goal for the lead, the lead that would not last long.

Scott threw for 271 yards in his debut, the last nine yards giving the Timberwolves a thrilling win in Week 1.


TIMBERWOLVES 21, PLAINSMEN 17

EVERGREEN 0 14 0 3 — 17

HERITAGE 7 7 0 7 — 21

1st quarter

Heritage — Daniel Barrera 94 pass from Nikki Scott (Israel Gonzalez kick)

2nd quarter

Heritage Andrew Thom 5 pass from Skyler Scoggins (Gonzalez kick)

Evergreen Eli Vaa-leiataua 44 run (Eli Del-Angel kick)

Evergreen Vaa-leiataua 4 run (Del-Angel kick)

4th quarter

Evergreen Del Angel 24 FG

Heritage Kahai Umiamaka 9 pass from Scott (Gonzalez kick)

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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