Heritage Beats Battle Ground 43-37

Written by Bryan Levesque on October 3, 2009

After getting blown out last week by Union, Heritage traveled north to Battle Ground and left town with a 43-37 victory in a back and forth battle. 5 different Timberwolves scored TD’s on the night and the defense held John Simon to only  19 yards rushing. Simon still managed to score 3 different ways in the loss. He kicked a 35 yard FG, ran in from 4 yards out and caught a TD from 20.

With the win, Heritage improves to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in league play. The Timberwolves will host Evergreen on Friday.

Battle Ground drops to 3-2 on the season with the loss and 0-1 in league. The Tigers will travel to Skyview on Friday.

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Heritage Timberwolves


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Rushing — HER: McDonald 12-52, Grayson 9-138, Chris Jastrem 1-3, Kevin Kelly 1-2; BG: Akengue 24-89, Jordan Malvo 3-10, Simon 6-19

Passing — HER: Grayson 15-21-1-244; BG: Paul 16-26-167

Receiving — HER: Hatchett 4-70, Lyons 5-104, McDonald 4-43, Andrew Bemis 1-20, Van Aalst 1-7; BG: Vanderpool 5-55, Akengue 2-10, Malvo 3-20, Simon 6-81

First quarter
Her — Garrett Grayson 22 run (Garrett Worle kick)
BG — Hunter Vanderpool 18 pass from Chris Paul (Mac Brandenburger kick)
Second quarter
Her — Mike McDonald 3 run (Worle kick)
BG — Komivi Akengue 1 run (Brandenburger kick)
BG — John Simon 35 field goal
BG — Daniel Wagner 25 interception return (kick blocked)
Third quarter
Her — C.J. Hatchett 47 pass from Grayson (Worle kick)
Her — McDonald 24 pass from Grayson (Ben Lyons pass from Grayson)
Fourth quarter
BG — Simon 4 run (Brandenburger kick)
Her — Ben Lyons 39 pass from Grayson (pass failed)
Her — Doug Van Aalst 7 pass from Grayson (Grayson run)
BG — Simon 20 pass from Paul (Brandenburger kick)

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46 Responses to “Heritage Beats Battle Ground 43-37”

  1. GSHL Fan on October 3rd, 2009 7:24 am

    Good game. Grayson and the offense looked like they finally have things clicking. Battle Ground’s score was too high however. Heritage should’ve had possibly 4-5 interceptions that game. Nevertheless, good game by the Defense and Offense. To hold that Simon to only 19 yards is superb. Can’t wait for Heritage vs. Skyview

  2. BIG Fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:13 am

    Great Heritage – Battle Ground game! “That Simon” didn’t get the ball very much, was he hurt/injured? Anyone know? He didn’t look 100% on this Friday night. The BG team looked banged up and out of sync. It would have been fun to see what a healthy BG team could have done. But, none-the-less “That Grayson” is said to be the best QB in the nation and he looks like it. GO T-Wolves!!

  3. BIG Fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:50 am

    I just heard from a Heritage fan that has a Battle Ground affiliation – They tell me that BG has had players and Coaches out most of the week sick. BG QB Raul is nusring an ankle injury as is Simon. RB Mulvo was recovering from a back injury and FB Acankee is still recovering from early pre-season injuries. I personally noticed several BG defensive backs in the game that I have not seen in the two other games that I watched. I think that “Oh, poor baby Tiger”. Heritage has injuries to Matsubura and others that also play key roles. So do all the other teams in the GSHL. We’ll see what kind of team BG is now. Are they something “New and Improved” or are they the same old BG of the past that everyone wants to play for Homecoming. “TOO BAD, SO SAD!” BG suck it up and play ball or go home. Too many excuses……

  4. babyherbstreit on October 3rd, 2009 10:00 am

    This score was definitely closer than it should have been. The first BG score was on a 4th and forever that was tipped by a TWolf defender and caught by a BG receiver. The Heritage D consistently extended BG drives with dumb penalties on 4th down with offsides and roughing the passer calls. Dropped interceptions, big gain on a fake punt. One thing I will say is that defense flew around and hit. I think all these BG guys are banged up because they got banged up. Everyone’s dealing with illnesses these days. Heritage has two of its best players out for the year!

  5. babyherbstreit on October 3rd, 2009 10:01 am

    PS- Grayson is legit! College Football Saturday, here comes Garrett!

  6. bg player on October 3rd, 2009 10:27 am

    suck it up or go home? wow lol
    thats mature anyways yeah Johnny had this huge ankle brace on his left ankle the whole game from a injury against hockinson…

  7. Woodsman on October 3rd, 2009 11:26 am

    All the doubters about Heritage are sure eating crow now. Their tougher non-league schedule showed their 1-3 is meaningless going to league. Watching that Greyson kid last night was simply incredible. By far the best qb I have seen in 20 plus years in this area.

  8. swwash.fannnn on October 3rd, 2009 12:43 pm

    I went to the Union vs. River game and the Mountain View vs. Skyview of all the player the most tackled in both games without a doubt was #99 for Mountain View the nose guard…
    He was tacked very other play by the center of Skyview and held by the guards when tripled or double teamed.
    I think the most valuable defensive award should go to the Skyview center for the most tackles, oh I forgot he cant get most valuable defensive player ,he is an offensive linemen but what do I know about as much as the refs in that game.
    It was a fun game to watch.
    Union has weapons lots of them (18,21,28,7,23,94,84)and they don’t even use their biggest weapon#42, rb, wr ,slot ,pr,kr.
    #42 I think he touched the ball 6 or 7 times he doesn’t even get to warm up.
    Good to see all that talent and coached well.
    I am hoping for some competition in the next few weeks

  9. bg player on October 3rd, 2009 1:28 pm

    johny had a ankle brace on the whole game from an injury last week…he played more defense than offence that night and we do have players injured..

  10. BG Fan on October 3rd, 2009 5:29 pm

    Yes, QB Paul and Simon both have ankle injuries. Look back a game to see who played. And I can’t see where QB Paul has had any interceptions. Just because he can throw the ball in traffic accurately doesn’t translate to “Heritage should’ve had possibly 4-5 interceptions”. Hmm, but it does look as if Grayson was intercepted. I will grant you that Paul had a pass batted down though.

  11. HHS Alumni on October 3rd, 2009 7:26 pm

    Come on BG Fan, Paul is no Grayson and I know you don’t compare the two in your reply but let’s not confuse Grayson with anyone else in the area. The Heritage defenders flat out dropped 2 int’s both of which lead to points after the drops. Every team is or will have adversity to deal with and Heritage has had it’s own and is trying to cope just as BG is. I commend your team for playing well last night but the better team won last night as well. Maybe next year BG will get Heritage but until then, both teams move forward with something to play for.

    Good Luck to both teams!

  12. Highschool football fan22 on October 3rd, 2009 7:34 pm

    That # 53 on the defense for Heritage was dominating the whole night! i dont understand why that kid has never seen much varsity time before. But none the less the whole D-line got the job done. Although #36 on the D-line needs to learn how to not jump off sides!!!! If he pulls another game like that the coaches need to have a talk with him.

  13. Just Sayin' on October 3rd, 2009 7:37 pm

    Grayson isn’t even the highest regarded QB in the state – Jake Heaps of Skyview is the most coveted QB & he comitted to BYU like when he was 3. Heritage fan, you have 1 quality victory & even that one is questionable. Your players are on here disrepecting other teams, no other players on any other team even post on here. I think their coach would make them run extra sprints, yet you do…institutional control comes to mind…think your coach lost it. You got beat by a 2A team, that’s all I gotta know about Heritage!

  14. Just Sayin' on October 3rd, 2009 7:40 pm

    oops…Jake Heaps of Skyline not Skyview..although their QB is pretty good too

  15. Ryan on October 3rd, 2009 7:56 pm

    This is the heritage team that is going to be a 4a league championship ready and loveing it all and 53# was getting done on d love it K u showed them what u where mad of

  16. Just Sayin' on October 3rd, 2009 7:56 pm

    Also, the much heralded Hertiage defense has allowed more points at this point than any other GSHL team (3A or 4A) 169 (Ft Vancouver 158 is 2nd worst). Union went running clock on them, Skyview had Union 0-0 at half. Your kidding yourselves Heritage fan!

  17. BIG Fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:52 pm

    All the teams have players hurt or injured at this point going into league play. It comes down to who will shut up, step up, and put out to get the job down. BG has had the reputation of folding and giving up in the past. Everyone says this is a new era for BG and thier athletic program, sounds like some are still makeing excuses. Thats not new to BG. Will they step up or will they be the BG of the past? I agree that the BG players worked hard and it was not a one sided game as some try to lead you to believe. I agree that Heritage is not great, but Grayson is and he made the difference in this game. I look forward to following both of these teams.

  18. GSHL Supporter on October 3rd, 2009 9:18 pm

    Look at the style of offense that leads to great defense: teams that are conservative with the ball on offense. They control the clock and the ball. They also have very good kicking games. Heritage is very aggressive on offense, which can lead to mistakes early in the season. The last two years, HHS has peaked during league play with league opponents having very little success against the defense and the running game finding consistency. I have been to every HHS game the last two years, and the defense is consistently having to start on their own side of the 50. One first down by the opposing offense and you’re in four down territory at the high school level. If you look at the teams that have had success against HHS: Camas, Union, WF West, and BG, they were ball control offenses that took shots when they felt they had a chance. BG let the clock run down on every play in an effort to keep the HHS offense off the field. They are giving up a lot of points, but they will be fine.

  19. GSHLFTBALL FAN on October 3rd, 2009 9:49 pm

    It is funny to see all of the different perceptions that stem just from this one game. I thought it was one of the better 4A league games I have seen in a long time. It was a battle from start to finish, and both teams gave it everything they had.

    Heritage has there own injuries. Matsubura has been out all year, and also Cody Yahn. I am sure there are more.

    Battle Ground looked like the were resting Simon as it was evident he was hurt, their QB Paul I heard did not play last week, and is still somewhat hurt, and then #1 went down in the second qtr.

    It was evident by just looking at the two teams that Heritage was much bigger and much quicker. I have to hand it to the BG team as they fought while being out manned all night. It seemed once #1 went down BG was scrambling to find players to play for Simon and #1 (Malvo I think). I noticed that they had sophomores playing for them, and Heritage is a tough team to try and break in new players at the varsit ylevel.

    It was obvious though what the difference was. Grayson beat the Tigers more with his feet than his arm. They could not stop him even when they got to him. He is the best that I have seen for a total package in the GSHL in decades.

    BG fought all night, and the QB Paul I thought did a very good job. I have never heard of him. And #5 [Komivi Akengue] runs hard and put up a great fight against much bigger kids.

    I think both teams may still finish #1 and #2 after the Skyview/Mt View game. Skyview was my favorite going in. I must say though that all 4 of these teams could split and make it one interesting Tuesday night for a Kansa plan playoff for the playoff spots.

    Good luck to both teams.

  20. BIG Fan on October 3rd, 2009 10:35 pm

    There is that chance for both of these teams to finish atop of the heap of GSHL 4A teams…if Heritage’s Grayson continues to do what he does and gets support from his role players….if BG ‘s three-headed Tiger (Simon, Malvo, and Akengue) are healthy and roaring. They also need QB Paul and Monfort to continue with their accurate passing. This could be interesting……GSHL 4A looks like fun to watch this year!

  21. GSHL Observer on October 4th, 2009 12:56 am

    Great game. Battle grounds rushing game throughout this season has been explosive and fun to watch. Heritage’s D stuffed the run perfectly with those two inside linebackers filling and forcing the runer to bounce out. Great pursuit angles and flying around to the ball. 3a is going to be Union and Camas, 4a is still up for grabs between Heritage, Skyview, and Mt. View.

  22. babyherbstreit on October 4th, 2009 1:43 am

    There seemed to be a lot of respect and class shown at the end of the game between the players and coaches. It was a fun game to watch, and I agree, the 4A GSHL league will be exciting to watch. The 3A looks more like a battle for the #3 playoff spot. The 4A on the other hand, has no sure thing for its 2 spots. It’s nice to see people posting on here with respect and with mutual admiration for the great performances. If you’re looking for something different (and ridiculous) check out the comments on the Union-Columbia River write-up.

  23. Woodsman on October 4th, 2009 9:37 am

    Heritages offense was unstoppable on friday from what I recall and the defense was equally good. The D just made some unfortunate penalties at times. Igive respect to Battleground for making it close. BG is still a threat and it wouldnt be an upset if they handled skyview.

  24. Ryan on October 4th, 2009 1:39 pm

    BG has to learn how to finish games. The game against Camas and this one show the inexperience from most of the players in big game situations, they have to learn how to win. Komivi did a good job running but he has to cover the ball. Wagner great play on the pick but he has to be able to get off blocks to get to the QB. The D line worked on pass rush techniques all spring, summer, and fall you can’t give a QB like Grayson that much time they have to be able to get off blocks. BG is right up there with teams like Skyview and Heritage the only difference is those teams are used to being there and BG hasn’t really learned how to be an upper echelon team. Having Johnny and Chris hampered by ankle injuries didn’t help matters but the game was there and they just didn’t capitalize.

    Work hard guys and you’ll get there.

    Coach Junior

  25. BIG Fan on October 4th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Good insight Coach Junior! Sounds like you have the up close and personal info. on this BG team. I think that Grayson has just too much speed for the BG D Line and possible any D Line in the 4A GSHL. I hear that he runs a 4.4 – 4.5 forty. I don’ t think any of the BG players are at 4.5 especially the linemen. Not to mention that he goes from 0 to 4.5 in a step and can “Shake and Bake”. Grayson is the real deal – not to take anything away from BG. But, yes they need to “LEARN” to win or they will fall back to years past. It’s a team game and they cannot rely on just a few players. The ENTIRE TEAM needs to be mentally tough and want to win. They have some real threats and kids have stepped up. They are still in the hunt but, it depends how they fair this week. 4A is wide open……..

  26. Wookie on October 4th, 2009 8:21 pm

    Union – 56 Heritage – 13. 4A all you want! 3A is the ticket. Camas owned HHS. Union embarassed HHS. Grayson who?

  27. GSHL Observer on October 4th, 2009 11:58 pm

    Wookie. Did you go to the Camas vs Heritage game? Camas didn’t anything spectacular. Grayson threw a dumb pass which quite possibly resulted to their loss. Heritage lost by 14. I dont consider that “owned.”

  28. Wookie on October 5th, 2009 5:58 am

    W.F. West

  29. BIG Fan on October 5th, 2009 7:19 am

    Wookie – All the leagues are great in GSHL. We are just saying that the 4A is wide open and all of the teams are competitive. I’m glad that you are a Union fan and wave their flag. But, no need to cut down Grayson and Heritage. Most of us believe that Union and Camas will be atop of their league. They both have great players and are doing well for their respective teams. Good Luck to all of the teams in GSHL.

  30. Cookie on October 5th, 2009 8:45 am

    WF west is ranked 5th in 2a. Sure seems like a bad loss by Heritage but 5 turnovers with 3 inside the West 20 yard line doesent help. All of Heritages losses come from teams who are ranked in the top 20 overall in the state. People can continue to hate Heritage all they want. Come Oct 30, they hoist the GSHL 4A title.

  31. peegreen on October 5th, 2009 9:27 am

    WF West is 5-0 and beat Tumwater on Friday. They might be able to beat or at least play well against any 3A or 4A team in the state.

  32. camas alumni on October 5th, 2009 11:47 am

    alot of people think 3a or 4a means your better then the teams in the class below you… in some cases that is very true (union) but really it just means your school has more students and ur more likely to get talented players compared to lower classes but there are teams that are just as good and possibly better in lower classes then some 3a and 4a teams sob fore you laugh at a team because they lost to a 2a team take a venture over to their record and stats just maybe i might be spit ballin here but just maybe they were a better team

  33. Zombie on October 5th, 2009 11:51 am

    How does that Greyson kid not have a scholarship. He is a machine. He will take that team far.

  34. BIG Fan on October 5th, 2009 1:00 pm

    Back in the old days there were no Divisions. The schools were all in the same divisions. There are many states that still operate that way. The classification does not always matter…sometimes a team is just better than another for whatever reason. Until we go to a GSHL east and west and have our own GSHL Play-offs. We are 2A, 3A, and 4A and our teams play in those classifications. Again, GOOD LUCK to all of our team whatever classification they are in!

  35. camas alumni on October 5th, 2009 7:12 pm

    i havent been paying much attention to 2a gshl so who knows who is doing good there?

  36. GSHL Observer on October 5th, 2009 11:53 pm

    Agreed. Wookie I don’t understand how you can be speaking negatively towards Heritage. Sure, they’ve lost three games, and two of whom they should’ve won. The Camas game was just full of mistakes with offsides and that interception which resulted to the Camas lead. At W.F West, The defense played pretty weel but the offense just couldn’t capitalize and create any scoring drives. Plus like Cookie said, having 5 turnovers doesn’t help at all. The Union game was just flat out bad for Heritage. Union is without a doubt the best GSHL team in Clark County and I hope they win state. Those kids deserve it. Good luck to the teams this year and can we please stop bashing on the teams around here?

  37. Snaggletooth on October 7th, 2009 7:16 pm

    2A loss to W.F. West, Poorley Camas, and thrashed by Union’s JV players. What’s up? # 10 in Washington State 4A?

  38. Snaggletooth on October 7th, 2009 9:02 pm

    Watched the HHS vs. UHS replay on channel 29 tonight and what a total and absolute butt kicking by UHS. UHS JV players dominated the HHS 1st team Varsity in the second half. What’s up with that?

  39. begreen@yahoo.com on October 7th, 2009 9:39 pm

    Don’t worry snaggletooth. The Plainsmen gonna keep the HHS butt-kickin goin. Heritage givin up 35 points a game. We gonna be scorin 42 and they scorin 6. Bet.

  40. GSHL Observer on October 7th, 2009 10:43 pm

    Snaggletooth, the only “J.V” player in the game during their offensive drive was that Brody-Heim guy. And quite honestly, that guy is the future for Union. Union’s starting offensive line stayed in throughout the game. Nevertheless, Heritage’s defense flat out quit. But this discussion has already been spoken about so let go of the past?

  41. yoplay on October 7th, 2009 11:20 pm

    Can’t agree with the “just quit” remark. I think they just got physically beat.

  42. gogeter2 on October 8th, 2009 10:17 am

    how about that 51 tarran endres man can that kid snap and block. that boy is gunna go places beleave me. he is a good center. even if hes small.

  43. gmen10 on October 8th, 2009 10:22 am

    I think that bryce sanders #66 for heritage. he is a dominet offensive linemen most likely the best in the gshl and in heritage history. that boy can play football and hit them hard. you will see him on saterdays in a few years.

  44. lovefootball on October 8th, 2009 11:26 am

    U Fan Don’t even waste your time with this gmen10 person that clearly knows nothing about football. If he is calling out that Devin Myers kid, who is far and away the best linemen in SW Washington then he will never get it. I went to the UHS HHS game and pretty sure the UHS QB stayed pretty clean all night not to mention the racked up plenty of rushing yards?!

  45. franklyspeaking on October 8th, 2009 11:49 am


  46. bob on October 8th, 2009 12:21 pm

    There were many other jvs in besides Brodyheim. It doesn’t matter, though. Curious about the red jersey rumor.

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