Union Crushes Heritage To Open League Play 56-14

Written by Bryan Levesque on October 9, 2010

The Union Titans defeated Heritage 56-14 Friday night at McKenzie Stadium as Senior RB Zak Browning again put on quite the show.

Browning scored 3 rushing touchdowns, ran back an interception for a score, and almost scored on a pass. He ended the night with 140 rushing yards on 17 carries and added another 55 on 3 catches. Brandon Brody-Heim also ran the ball a lot, chipping in 136 rushing yards on 25 carries and 3 rushing touchdowns as well.

Union led 28-0 at halftime and had out gained the Timberwolves 251-25 in yards from scrimmage.

The only positive to come from the game for Heritage was a couple of plays from Michael Quintana and Rajheem Carrie. Following Browning’s 21 yard interception return in the 3rd to give Union a 35-0 lead, Michael Quintana took back the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Following another Titans score and Heriage punt, Rajheem Carrie intercepted Tanner Nelson’s pass and ran it back 81 yards for his second score of the night.

With the win Union improves to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in league. The Titans again host Battle Ground (1-5 0-2) at McKenzie Stadium 8:00 p.m. Heritage falls to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in league with the loss. The Timberwolves will travel to Camas (6-0 4-0) next Friday at Doc Harris Stadium 7:00 p.m.

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Union Titans

Heritage Timberwolves

first quarter

UNI – Zak Browning 5 run (kick good)

second quarter

UNI – Brandon Brody-Heim 1 run (kick good)
UNI – Zak Browning 35 run (kick good)
UNI – Zak Browning 1 run (kick good)

third quarter

UNI – Browning 21 interception return (kick good)
HER – Michael Quintana 82 kick return (kick good)
UNI – Brody-Heim 8 run (kick good)
HER - Rajheem Carrie 81 interception return (kick good)

forth quarter

UNI – Brody-Heim 2 run (kick good)
UNI – Ryan Stanford 1 run (kick good)


Rushing — Union: Browning 17-140, Brody-Heim 25-136, Stanford 5-34; Heritage: Michael Rivers 5-23.

Passing — Union: Kaben Humphrey-Butler 6-7-0-117, Tanner Nelson 2-5-1-20; Heritage: Riley O’Dell 10-21-2-51.

Receiving — Union: Browning 3-55, T.J. Boatright 2-42, Tre Christensen 1-28, Brody-Heim 1-11, Gabe Rego 1-1; Heritage: Nate Mitchell 5-38, Steven Nichols 1-6, Rivers 1-3, Ben Lyons 2-2, Trey Robinson 1-2.

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53 Responses to “Union Crushes Heritage To Open League Play 56-14”

  1. victory on October 9th, 2010 8:32 am

    Another great game Union! O: 56 points, D: less than 100 yards (against the “number 1 QB in the state”). Keep up the good work and we will see you in the Dome.

  2. High School Football Fan I on October 9th, 2010 10:37 am

    You must be jealous “victory”, otherwise you wouldn’t have thrown in the dig. Nice job, well done!

  3. MVHS Athlete on October 9th, 2010 10:53 am

    Im starting to think we have have some dang good teams this year. we have 4 solid ones. I almost hope Union loses to skyview just because I think they will be able to handle and probly beat either a skyline or bothell whereas i dont know if skyview could hang with either.

  4. wsumj on October 9th, 2010 12:18 pm

    I’ve dubbed Brody-Heim and Browning, the Killers B’s. I’m sure you can add Humphrey-Butler to this list.

  5. victory on October 9th, 2010 2:04 pm

    HSFF-No dig intended, I saw the game because of the hype on this site. I am sorry that your team did not live up to the game HYPE. I do not have a team, I just support GSHL Football and want to see as many teams as possible make it to the Dome.

  6. SHEPARD on October 9th, 2010 4:25 pm

    Told ya’ll this week. 28-0 at Half. TRUE. 56 points TRUE. See you in the dome.

  7. T-Wolf Fan on October 10th, 2010 9:29 am

    Don’t know about the Dome but Union is a very good team! Beat us with a consistent ground attack and solid D, something for us to strive for. Funny thing thought, probably the best outcome for the T-wolves. Would rather face the SPSL North #1 than the Kingco #2!!

  8. Josh on October 10th, 2010 9:58 am

    losing 56-14 is “the best outcome for the T-wolves”? Wow, I would have thought maybe a 35-34 upset would be the best outcome. Maybe that explains why with one of the most talented group of players in the area you are 1-5. And you would rather face #5 Kentwood than #3 Bothell? Math time. Heritage+ being at home + #10 = 56-14 loss. i figure you have to add 1 points allowed and subtract 3 points gained for each rung up the poll you go. So, you would rather have, Heritage + being on the road + #5 = 61-9 loss than, Heritage + being on the road + #3 = 63-7 loss. And you still need to beat a team NOT from the PIL which everyone knows is just a bunch of basketball players who want to score chicks for homecoming while NOT getting hurt before basketball season.

  9. K-nute on October 10th, 2010 1:29 pm

    One of the best posts I’ve seen here, Josh + using his big brain = awesome! Kentwood (virtually assured SPSL North #1) has outscored their opponents 263-67, Not a bargain for whoever takes the #3 spot.

  10. Hydro on October 10th, 2010 1:36 pm

    Josh is or should be an engineer! Your math and perspective are excellent. What’s funny is the 14 points really should have never happened. Ooops on a special teams play and a bubble route. DANG, would have been another week of a zero. Oh well, now it’s the big BG. I am thinking how difficult the power ranking thing must be for the site considering how someone has not been defeated by a GSHL opponent since 2007. Doesn’t matter, rankings are just for fun and an opinion~

  11. nunya on October 10th, 2010 1:45 pm

    I do not see Heritage winning another game all year. The Union game shows a well coached team vs a poorly coached team. It has been this way for years now.

  12. FBfan on October 10th, 2010 1:58 pm

    Great game the other night, between Union/Heriage. Union looking good as always. The running game niiiice. The killerB’s, and yes I would thruogh in that Humphrey-Butler kid too. Defence should get players of the week for the three game shut out. Nice to see Nelson back, but hope they ride the horses that got them there. True players need not talk trash, if you do back it up. Give up to all the winners this week.

  13. FanofGSHL on October 10th, 2010 2:48 pm

    HSFF-why would Victory be jealous? Heritage QB made his self proclaimed announcement last week on Facebook that he was not only the best QB in the League, but rather the entire State. He also said that he would be taking his anger out on Union. Kudos to Union’s “D” for taking on the best and causing two picks, fumbles, sacks and no score. Defense wins games…not one sole QB.

  14. MeanMachineBleacherCreature on October 10th, 2010 2:59 pm

    nunya, i see Heritage beating both Battle Ground and Evergreen… neither team looks strong at all. Occasionally a good running game from Evergreen, but i think Heritage is a very strong, underrated team.

  15. BG on October 10th, 2010 3:25 pm

    BG will beat heritage 21-14.

  16. T-Wolf Fan on October 10th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Wow, Kick ‘em while there down!! My point, obviously missed by all, was that Union was the better team no doubt!! Heritage has proven to be on the verge all season, playing to the wire each week. Their D is mostly Juniors who have made steady gains each week but were outmatched by the Offenseive Machine that is Union. They know how to grind and run down hill!!

    Stating that Heritage is talented is a nice complement, they are mostly Juniors which means good things for the future, and the steady progress they have made and level they compete at each week says great things about their coaching staff. I beleive many where saying Heritage would struggle this year without Grayson! The record might say that, but the on field product shows a different story!! A much improved TEAM, and a group that is sticking together!

    Playing anyone from any league other than the Kingco 3A or 4A is a blessing!! How is Union doing in those matchups so far?? 0-3, thats right!! SPSL is an over rated and weak league and has been for years. Kentwoods stats show nothing when you look at theie opponents, (Mt Rainier, Jefferson,Tahoma, Puyallup) come on!! Above average opponents they struggle! I look forward to seeing Heritage at 4-6 or 5-7 winning the qualifier and in the first round while Union and Skyview are sitting at home!

  17. HHS Fan on October 10th, 2010 4:15 pm

    To defend the Heritage QB, Fan of GSHL, put ANY other QB in the GSHL league in his shoes vs UHS defense and none fair any better. Wouldn’t you agree? From what I witnessed, he played admirably considering the pressure he was under. Move on as this smells of a U Hater jumping on the bandwagon. I’m sure the Timberwolves and their QB have.

  18. High School Football Fan I on October 10th, 2010 4:23 pm

    FanofGSHL on October 10th, 2010 2:48 pm
    “HSFF-why would Victory be jealous? Heritage QB made his self proclaimed announcement last week on Facebook that he was not only the best QB in the League, but rather the entire State. He also said that he would be taking his anger out on Union. Kudos to Union’s “D” for taking on the best and causing two picks, fumbles, sacks and no score. Defense wins games…not one sole QB”.

    Spoken by a fan/player from the “U”. Show some class when you win rather than post nonsense. Plenty of praise given by Heritage to Union for an impressive win.

  19. twolfan2 on October 10th, 2010 7:23 pm

    I agree- one of the most talented groups in the area? Were we not picked to finish near the bottom. We have 9 Juniors on Defense, and most skill kids on O are Juniors as well. We are young- and have gotten better every week, until we ran into a very good Union team. We will bounce back and keep it close with Camas, then beat BG and EG with little trouble.

  20. K-nute on October 10th, 2010 11:55 pm

    T-Wolf fan, just a quick check of your math…the best possbile record HHS can have this year is 4-5, and that’s assuming a win over Camas. Nice to know that Kentwood wont be a problem for you too, but you need to get there first, which is not exactly guaranteed. Evergreen already has 1 league win, HHS already has 2 league losses. It should all come down to week 9 Union/Skyview & Heritage/Evergreen in a huge night for GSHL Football. To borrow on WSUMJ’s definition, apprehension might be the word of the day leading up to kick-off. Oh, what smack will be run!

  21. MVHS Athlete on October 10th, 2010 11:59 pm

    Ok not saying this is going to happen by any means but isnt the whole returning a lot of players thing the same thing evergreen said last year? That didnt work out too good for them this year

  22. domeseeker on October 11th, 2010 10:16 am

    next year i think union will have to switch up there offense a lil because there not gonna have 2 solid backs next year. i feel there gunna be a solid passing team with there qb’s goin to be seniors and have more trust in the offense. as well as there 3 recievers bein seniors as well

  23. domeseeker on October 11th, 2010 10:36 am

    set it up. union vs skyview. get your popcorn ready!!! its gonna be a show

  24. Hydro on October 11th, 2010 2:11 pm

    domeseeker, go watch a JV game. They have plenty in the backfield for years to come. And yes, next year they will throw and run the ball well, there are some nice sophmore fullbacks in front of Brody-Heim and Stanford ! I honestly am not sure the Skyview game will be a show, I hope it’s a good game but the way things are going—-Jeez, the popcorn may be flying..because of a Union hit on someone or many someone’s

  25. Interestrante on October 11th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Last time I checked every 4A GSHL teams goal was to make the playoffs and keep the season alive. Props to Union for all they are doing, but they would trade all those shutouts for a post season win. Heritage holds their own destiny as well as Evergreen come week 9. Ultimately everyone wants to keep playing until they are told there are no more games. Union was picked tops followed by Skyview, Egreen Heritage and BG. So really all this complaining and put downs are nonsense. Things are falling in to place as expected and teams are performing at the level as expected. Obviously the top seed has the best draw and should make decent work of who they play. The # 2 seed is likely done because the Kingco plays at a higher level then Union or Skyview 9 out of 10 times. The #3 seed is a toss up. We can make light that whoever the GSHL # 3 is, but EHS and HHS have played a tough non conference schedule, and believe it or not both have shown some bright spots and have gotten better. Will that win week 10. Dont know, thats why we play the games. But dont be surprised to see the #1 and #3 seeds from GSHL trucking along in November.

  26. MeanMachineBleacherCreature on October 11th, 2010 4:19 pm

    My predictions for the 4A GSHL:

    (#1 seed) Union wins the opening round game, and maybe a couple more after that. But wont make it to the dome to face either Skyline, Curtis, or Bothell.

    (#2 seed) Skyview loses in the opening round. Tough draw for the storm. I see them sticking around for about a half, but i see the KingCo being way too good for Skyview. Tough way to go out for a very good Skyview team.

    (#3 seed) Heritage will play the #1 seed from the SPSL, which will most likely be Kentwood, who is ranked #5 in the state. I also see Heritage losing their opening round game, and just miss making the playoffs.

  27. K-nute on October 11th, 2010 4:40 pm

    Interstrante, I don’t think anybody picked Union to be on top. The pre-season buzz was all about Skyview and maybe a little about Egreen, but Union was supposed to be down this year. So, I don’t think things are playing out as expected at all. Also, the disperity between this league and Kingco is probably true for the Crest division with teams like Skyline, Issaqauh & Eastlake. But, Bothell comes out of the soft-er Crown division. Their 2nd best team is Woodinville followed by Inglmoor. Bothell didn’t exactly destroy either of those teams this year. If it’s Bothell vs. our #2, Bothell certainly is the favorite but that game is probably a litle closer than most people think.

  28. Bryan Levesque on October 11th, 2010 5:06 pm

    K-nute – “So, I don’t think things are playing out as expected at all.” Did you not read my 4A preseason preview? http://gshlfootball.com/2010-4a-gshl-football-preview order of finish 1 – Skyview, 2 – Union, 3 – Evergreen, 4 – Heritage, 5 – Battle Ground. Looks pretty good to me. I would say Union has the slight edge over Skyview now but the Strom still are a legit team and can win that game. Inside info, I had predicted 7-1 Skyview v 7-1 Union and 1-7 Evergreen v 1-7 Heritage for the week 9 double header. And I am not that far off. I did not realise how good Sherwood was, and was not expecting Heritage to beat Grant. I figured BG would be the only team either would win. But yes, Union is a little better than at least what we here thought (but not much) and Skyview is not quite as good as we expected (but not much) the rest is about right.

  29. Bryan Levesque on October 11th, 2010 5:27 pm

    MMBC – “(#1 seed) Union wins the opening round game, and maybe a couple more after that. But wont make it to the dome” You know that if they win a couple more after that, then they will be in the Dome for the Semifinals. Just wanted to make sure you understood that.

  30. CHSbleachercreature on October 11th, 2010 6:06 pm

    How many rounds in the state playoff are there?

  31. Bryan Levesque on October 11th, 2010 7:10 pm

    well week 10 preliminary game (32 teams) (what you called the opening round) then round 1 (16 teams) round 2 (8 teams) that is the couple more games, then round 3 (4 teams, semifinals which are in the dome) and round 4 (2 teams, finals, also in the dome) So, 5 if you count the preliminary round, 4 if not, either way you win 3 post season games and then you are in the dome. Our #1 seed has the bottom bracket again this year, which means 3 home post season games then a pair in the dome if all goes well.

  32. K-nute on October 11th, 2010 7:11 pm

    I read everything on this site, Bryan – you know that..lol…Interstrante’s post seems to suggest that Union was some kind of consensus #1 pre-season pick. When they never were, as your preview above shows.

    Union is playing WAY above mine & most people in the stands expectations. The cupboard was bare, they returned very few experienced players. No way anyone could predict the level of play we’re seeing out of them so far – absolutely not playing out exactly as expected!
    (You definately have more insight, and your preview shows that in this case)

    Skyview is still very dangerous, but clearly they have not played up to their potential yet. They lead the league with 2 wins, but struggled in OT with Heritage who Union didn’t seem to have much trouble with – not really playing out exactly as expected.

    Call me a sucker, but I really thought Evergreen would be much better then we have seen so far. Crazy hard schedule destroyed their record, and maybe a little confidence. They can still get to 2-2 & make the playoff’s. Your preview had them as high as 7-2 overall, 3-1 in league – nothing at all as expected

    Heritage, thought to be down but they have really good athletes over there. I have my opinions of this program, but will keep them to myself. – depressingly playing out as expected.

    Side note – ’09 Union/Heritage 56-13, ’10 Union/Heritage 56-14
    Could one reasonably deduce that Union ’10 is playing at or near Union ’09 level?
    Just not possible to ‘expect’ that

    BG is just in an unfortunate situation – definately playing out as expected

    So, although the league standings are close to what I suppose many people may have thought they would be. The paths along the way have had a few surprises, both good and bad. Certainly not 100% ‘as expected’

  33. CHSbleachercreature on October 11th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Thanks bryan. Are there brackets out yet?

  34. MeanMachineBleacherCreature on October 11th, 2010 10:31 pm

    K-nute, i think we may actually agree on this. Everything you said i feel the same way about. Although i didnt buy into any of the Evergreen hype. Never really did, and still dont. But besides that, i agree!

  35. twolfan2 on October 12th, 2010 5:59 am

    “I had predicted 7-1 Skyview v 7-1 Union and 1-7 Evergreen v 1-7 Heritage for the week 9 double header”
    I seem to remember you being pretty high on evegreen as usual. Was this after they got beat by MV by 28? You had higher expectations for them this summer I believe.

  36. wsumj on October 12th, 2010 7:35 am

    Evergreen finally ditched the Wing T and are now running a spread. Big improvement.

  37. Union dad on October 12th, 2010 8:24 am

    T wolf fan,
    Your comment about Union being 0-3 against kingco, if you recall all those loses were against 1 team, the state champion 7 out of 9 years or some crazy number like that.
    As far as no one thinking Union was going to play at a high level and the cupboards were bare, the only defense in Clark county other than sky view that could stop that high powered offense last year was Union back ups consistently shut them down at practice. Union’s offense is a work in progress, humphry -Butler was getting better every week, gaining confidence and getting the timing down,he will be a good one if they keep playing him and should definitely should become the third amigo of the killer B’s.
    Let’s all hope everyone plays up to their potential for the rest of the year and have some real good games to get everyone ready for the play-offs.
    Just a question for everyone, does anyone else think it is silly to say week 10 is not a play-off game?
    GO TITAN’s

  38. SHEPARD on October 12th, 2010 11:28 am

    Union Dad we know we rock. We will be the GSHL champs for the next 3 years fo shure. Boys breakin it down every week. Word is Evergreen hinks there new offense can score 30 on us. Check yourself because after our game with you, there wont be a dude on here anymore.

  39. CHSbleachercreature on October 12th, 2010 3:12 pm

    Week 10 not being a playoff game is dumb. Its post season isnt it!

  40. MeanMachineBleacherCreature on October 12th, 2010 3:39 pm

    Im sure some of the Union fans would love to keep week 10 games as non playoff games. It’s their favorite argument to say Camas has never won a playoff game, and that happened in each ’05, ’06, and ’07! hahaha

    But really, it should count. I dont see a reason why it shouldnt?

  41. Bryan Levesque on October 12th, 2010 3:55 pm

    The reason it is not a “playoff game” is because the WIAA tries to be all things to all people (not good). They claim that football is only a 16 team playoff, so they only need a 16 team basketball playoff and 16 team baseball/softball playoff. If they expand football to 32, they say they would have to expand all of the other sports and that would cost too much $$. I don’t know why people still don’t get it that football is just different and should not play by the same rules as everything else. There is a reason there is a gshlfootball.com and not any other sport. But simple answer is the WIAA just won’t let it.

  42. T-Wolf Fan on October 12th, 2010 10:54 pm

    K-Nute, don’t put words in my mouth. Never said Kentwood was an easy opponent, just a better draw than a Kingco team!! With our loss to Union, our best possible finish is 3rd. Also never said we were in the playoffs yet, but I have faith the coaches and the boys will get the job done!! Should a true fan ever think otherwise?

    Evergreen and ourselves have probably the 2 toughest schedules in the area this year. Haven’t had much success, but Heritage has been competative in 4 of 6 games and could easily be 4-2, while Evergreen has struggled and scrapped their offensive scheme!! Can’t change the past but all things considered, Heritage has to be the favorite for the #3 seed, and then who know!!

  43. K-nute on October 13th, 2010 12:19 am

    T-Wolf Fan on October 10th, 2010 4:10 pm ‘I look forward to seeing Heritage at 4-6 or 5-7 winning the qualifier and in the first round while Union and Skyview are sitting at home!

    Don’t see how I put any words in your mouth as these are your exact words. Looks pretty much like you said exactly what you are now claiming to have never said…are you a politician in this county? Anyways, good luck Heritage

  44. Interestrante on October 13th, 2010 8:59 am

    Biggest disappointment is Evergreen this season hands down. Similar to Heritage last year. Many people had or believed both teams had a full cupboard and would be league champs. Heritage finished second, which wasnt shabby, and Evergreens best chance is 3rd. Union once again shows they are the best program around next to Camas and Skyview is still consistantly a competitor. After this season I think it will be interesting to see who will be the favorite. Does it go to Union and they get cursed? Skyview and Heritage will be loaded with a ton of returning seniors while BG and Evergreen rebuild.

  45. Storm Swarm on October 15th, 2010 8:55 am

    I love how people say skyview loses the preliminary. If we beat union we get three straight home games. Last year the states best traveled to kiggins and lost. Skyview beats union and it is looking good for another Semi-final appearence for the Storm.

  46. Stormparent44 on October 15th, 2010 10:09 am

    This article and video helped to capture all the young people that play this game. I would like to think that all the gshl kids/coaches would have done the same thing. This story reflects the character building that football does for young men and am very proud of my son as well as all others who compete each week.


  47. DCGardner on October 15th, 2010 10:16 am

    But you see that’s the point, your NOT going to beat Union. So it is quite likely you will lose the preliminary to the Kingco #2.

  48. SHERLOCKER SHOCKER on October 15th, 2010 11:14 am

    DCGardner how do you see skyview losing to union
    i think that it will happen but i just want to know how you think union will win and how if they can, will skyview beat union?

  49. hardhitter on October 15th, 2010 11:42 am


  50. DCGardner on October 15th, 2010 12:44 pm

    In a word, Defense.

    Union has the best defense in this league imo and that’s what will win this game. 14 Quarters without an offensive touchdown against them, and they keep getting better every week.

    That and I am not too impressed with Skyview’s run defense.

    Skyview is getting better to I just don’t think they will get all cylinders clicking by Union, but they can go far in the playoffs too.

  51. Evergreenfan/Unionfan on October 15th, 2010 1:10 pm

    I think we will find out early on who will win Union/Skyview game. If Union is running the ball well early on, I thnk Skyview will be in trouble. Because then Union will control the clock and limit Skyview’s possessions and make them go down a long field. If Skyview slows Union’s running game and forces Union into a lot of 3rd and longs and 2nd and longs and forces Union to pass more than they want to, Skyview has a chance. I think Skyview can move the ball a bit on Union but htey will need short fields and turnovers by Union to have any realistic opportunity to win. Skyview just needs to force Union to pass, which could happen. Um, oh wait.
    Union 34, Skyview 17. FINAL.

  52. Evergreenfan/Unionfan on October 15th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Seriously though, Union has a game tonight against Battle Ground. No disrespect to them. We shouldn’t be looking forward to 3 weeks down the road when they have a game tonight. Because you never know..Battle Ground could shock the wor..oh wait.

  53. CHSbleachercreature on October 15th, 2010 2:48 pm

    Not the same camas team. Or union team for that matter

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