Heritage Coach Wes Driskill knew this could be the season that the Pride, in its third year, could establish its own identity on the field. He just didn't expect it would happen so quickly.

The Pride, though, answered every challenge thrown its way Friday in a 26-19 overtime victory against Millbrook. Not only did it mark Heritage's first season-opening victory, but junior quarterback Bryan Brosnan's 258 yards passing and three touchdowns in his first varsity start set school records in both categories.

"The big thing for us in this game [was] that they'd score and we'd come back and answer," Driskill said. "That's something we haven't always been able to do before. I'm so proud of the way our guys kept their heads in the game and kept working."

Last year Heritage, which was shut out five times and totaled 50 points for the season, managed four first downs in a 5-0 loss to Millbrook. This season the Pride accumulated 369 yards of offense in the win.

"It wasn't perfect," Driskill said. "We made mistakes. But we also took a big step in becoming the kind of team we want to be."

-- Angela Watts