By Christopher DeHarde

INDIANAPOLIS — As a light sprinkling rain fell on Heritage Christian School’s senior night, the Heritage Christian Eagles soared late over the Sheridan Blackhawks, winning by a score of 27-14.
In a seven-and-a-half minute opening drive that included a fourth down conversion on their own side of the field and a third-and-12 conversion for another first down, Sheridan quarterback Drake Delph found the end zone on a 12-yard scramble that required tremendous amounts of improvisation. With a successful extra point from Cameron Hovey, the score was 7-0 with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
After neither offense were productive on their next drives, Heritage Christian marched down the field with Colton Brown charging into the end zone with a 38-yard touchdown run. A missed extra point meant that the score was 7-6 in favor of Sheridan.
After an unnecessary roughness penalty on the kickoff return brought Sheridan 15 yards closer to scoring, the Blackhawks made quick work moving down the field with Delph putting the exclamation point on the drive with an 11 yard quarterback keeper for the touchdown. Hovey made the extra point to make the score 14-6 in the second quarter.
After a late drive in the first half fizzled, Heritage Christian blocked a Sheridan punt and Ethan Orstead caught the ball and ran it back 33 yards for an Eagles touchdown. A successful extra point made the score 14-13 and that was the score as the teams headed to their respective locker rooms for halftime.
After an Eagles fumble and a Blackhawks drive fizzling out, Brown then turned on the jets for Heritage Christian and ran 78 yards for a touchdown. After a successful extra point, the score was 20 to 14 with just over 6 seconds left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hovey raced through the field for the Blackhawks and went down at the 11 yard line after a quick footrace to end the third quarter. Soon after, Heritage Christian recovered a Sheridan fumble on the 12 yard line with 11:23 left in the game.
After a pair of explosive plays, the Eagles found themselves in scoring position within five yards of the end zone. However, an offensive pass interference penalty put Heritage Christian back to the 19 yard line and a missed field goal made that drive all for nought.
However, the Eagles defense held up against Sheridan and soon the Eagles found themselves in scoring position again with a long pass. Brown brought the ball in the end zone from one yard out for Heritage Christian. A successful extra point made the score 27 to 14 with 4:37 left in the game.
Sheridan drove late in the game but a fumble from Delph ended the Blackhawks’ chances. Sheridan fell to 7-2 on the year and will play Tri-Central at home on Oct. 19 in the sectional playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.