DICKSON - White House Heritage (0-7, 0-4) took a 21-14 loss to Creek Wood (4-2, 1-2) Friday night, officially taking the Patriots outside of a fighting chance for a playoff spot.
"At this point, we have three more games left this season to enjoy being together as a team," Patriots coach Hunter Hicks said. "We have to keep moving forward and enjoy the season for what it is. We don't go out and practice every day and work out all winter to go 0-7, so we're still preparing to win."
For the first time since Week 2, senior quarterback Austin Gunter played, trying to make up for lost time.
After a couple of possession changes, Creek Wood struck first to make it 7-0. On Heritage's next possession, the Patriots strung together a couple of first downs that ended in a long touchdown pass to Jalen Witham, who stepped in as the quarterback while Gunter was out.
"Jalen did a good job and he's been a real team player," Hicks said. "He took a beating at quarterback these last couple of weeks trying to keep the team going. So, to see that connection on that drive and to see them celebrate like that was really great."
Creek Wood scored again to lead 14-7 and Heritage answered right back on a drive ending in a 15-yard rushing touchdown for Tommy Baker to tie it again 14-14.
Right before the half ended, Creek Wood broke away with a long touchdown run to make it a 21-14 game going into halftime, which ultimately became the final score.
With no chance for any extra games, Heritage is just trying to finish out the season as best as possible.
"We have three more weeks to play and enjoy each other," Hicks said. "We're a young team with a really young offensive line, so we have three more weeks to get them more reps. We aren't looking past our seniors. Hopefully, they all enjoy their last three games and still continue to get better every day."
Heritage has a quick turnaround this week on a Thursday night rivalry game against White House at 7 p.m.
"This week will be a fun week preparing for White House," Hicks said. "There's always a fun rivalry there. We're going to enjoy this week for what it is and hopefully we can beat White House."