Gainesville was a rude host Friday. The Red Elephants rolled to a 42-14 victory over Heritage at Bobby Gruhn Field, ending Heritage's perfect start.
Gainesville, the No. 8 team in the Class AAAAA by the Associated Press led by quarterback and Clemson commitment Deshaun Watson, improved to 4-1 and 3-0 in Region 8-AAAAA, while the Patriots fell to 4-1 and 2-1 against league foes.
"Those guys are good, they’ve very, very good," said Heritage coach Chad Frazier. "They got some pretty dang good athletes. (Watson) might be the best I’ve been around other than (former Westlake High School and current Carolina Panthers quarterback) Cam Newton. This guy is right up at that level. He’s got a strong arm, very smart with the football. We didn’t knock him backwards ever, even with contact he was falling forward."
Heritage got a pair of touchdown hook ups between the senior combination of quarterback Isaiah Spencer and Cedrick Davenport for its only points of the night.
The Patriots stay on the road next week when they travel to 0-4 Winder-Barrow, which is currently mired in a 28-game losing streak.
"We're going to have to play better," Frazier said.