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Oklahoma high school football: Heritage Hall's Gavin Freeman ties school record with a 95-yard touchdown reception in district win

Gavin Freeman lined up at receiver for Heritage Hall.

The Chargers had a small margin for error as they held the ball on their own 5-yard line.

At the snap, McLoud sent a defensive back blitz. Freeman, recognizing he was no longer being covered, waved his hands to get his quarterback’s attention. 

Quarterback William Paque, shed the tackle to avoid the safety and then slung the ball to his receiver. Freeman caught it and bolted upfield. He made a move between two defenders and then sidestepped another. 

In the clear, the junior receiver ran for the score. His 95-yard catch and run tied the school record for the longest touchdown reception. 

After losing its first game of the season last week, Heritage Hall bounced back with a 35-8 district road win over McLoud.

“Obviously we had a really disappointing game the week before,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said about the 3-1 Chargers. “We gave a lot of different kids some shots to step up and a lot of guys did.” 

Freeman, who is the son of former OU tight end Jason Freeman, was one of the Chargers who stepped up.

He not only affected the game offensively where he grabbed four receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Freeman also blocked a field goal and had six tackles on defense. All to go along with two punt returns for 30 yards and one kick return for 20. 

“He’s one of those kids that can do a little bit of everything and we ask him to do a little bit of everything,” Bogert said. “We put some pressure on him to learn a lot of different positions on offense and then still quarterback the defense at free safety. 

"So he’s been extremely impressive and we expect him to only go up from here.” 

No. 2 Heritage Hall will take on No. 10 Perkins-Tryon on Friday. 

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Heritage Hall's Gavin Freeman rushes during the high school football game between Millwood and Heritage Hall at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Heritage Hall's Gavin Freeman rushes during the high school football game between Millwood and Heritage Hall at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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