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High school football: 5 takeaways from Heritage Hall's victory against John Marshall

Heritage Hall's Phillip Smitherman (24) carries the ball during a high school football game against John Marshall at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
Heritage Hall's Phillip Smitherman (24) carries the ball during a high school football game against John Marshall at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Class 3A No. 1 Heritage Hall's defense stifled No. 6 John Marshall for a 50-14 victory Friday at Pop Murray Memorial Field.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

1. Smitherman runs wild

No John Marshall defender could contain Phillip Smitherman

He ran sweeps and caught passes, burnt defenders and evaded tacklers. He was Heritage Hall's best player on a night he nor Heritage Hall could seemingly do no wrong.

Smitherman had 85 rushing yards on six carries with two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 56 yards and a score. 

"He's outstanding," Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. "We use him all over the field. Anytime we can get the ball in his hands, whether it's a deep ball, a handoff or a toss, we try to do it."

2. Game delayed nearly an hour because of lightning

Pesky storms in northwest Oklahoma County caused a 56-minute delay.

Not even 3 minutes had run from the clock before the first lightning strike, but heritage Hall had already scored its first touchdown.

3. Heritage Hall's defense proves strong

Through four games, the Chargers' defense is looking like one of the best in Class 3A.

John Marshall had only 135 yards of total offense, with 75 of them coming on a long Bryce Stephens touchdown. John Marshall had 34 rushes for 52 yards.

4. Strange safety

Heritage Hall's defense was able to pick up a safety, but it came in a strange way.

John Marshall's B.J. Zigler was forced out of the pocket and had to retreat to his right. That's where the referee was standing. The pressure was strong from Zigler's left, so he continued looking downfield and retreating toward the official.

As he got closer, the official seemed to inadvertently stick his hands out, touching Zigler, which forced him to his right and behind the end zone line, ultimately resulting in the safety.

The referee continued to stretch his back throughout the rest of the game, as if he had been hurt from the situation.

5. Looking ahead

John Marshall (4-1, 1-1 District 3A-1) hosts Blackwell (1-4, 0-2) next Friday.

Heritage Hall (4-0, 2-0) travels to Perkins-Tryon (5-0, 2-0) for a Friday matchup.

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Heritage Hall's Phillip Smitherman (24) carries the ball during a high school football game against John Marshall at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Heritage Hall's Phillip Smitherman (24) carries the ball during a high school football game against John Marshall at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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