Things didn’t go quite as planned for Heritage last season.
The Coyotes lost Amare Jones, their quarterback and most dynamic player, in just the second district game of the year and ultimately failed to qualify for the playoffs because of it.
The program will get a fresh, new start in 2018 with not only the departure of Jones but also a new head coach in Kenneth Gilchrist.
Gilchrist makes the move from Whitney and has also brought in a quarterback that is suitable to fill in the shoes left behind by Jones at the quarterback position.
Upon taking the job at Heritage, Gilchrest hired Joel Faulkenberry from Godley to be the team’s inside receivers coach, and he brought along with him senior quarterback Jason Faulkenberry.
Faulkenberry threw for a whopping 3,046 yards and 32 touchdowns along with seven more scores on the ground, and he earned honorable mention all-state in Class 4A as well as first-team all-district honors.
The new combination of Gilchrist and Faulkenberry very well could have the Coyotes headed back into the right direction and in the postseason for the first time since 2014.
Faulkenberry will have plenty of weapons to give the ball to, as strength of the squad lies on the offensive side of the football, mainly at the skill positions.
Heritage returns two running backs that received heavy minutes last season in senior Khalil Harris and junior Cameron Rose, who combined for just over 1,400 yards on the ground and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2017.
Senior wide receiver Glen Mbaku had a bit of a breakout season last year as a junior and is poised to be the team’s leading wideout and go-to target for Faulkenberry.
The Coyotes will kick off their season in game No. 2 of the Tom Landry Classic at Allen’s Eagle Stadium against Lovejoy in what should be an entertaining battle to begin the 2018 campaign.
|Sept. 1||Lovejoy||Allen Eagle Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 6||Woodrow Wilson||Franklin Field||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||Red Oak||Ford Center at The Star||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||Wakeland||FISD Memorial Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 4||Independence||Toyota Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||The Colony||Tommy Briggs Stadium||7 p.m.|
|*Oct. 18||Centennial||Ford Center at The Star||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Liberty||Toyota Stadium||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||Little Elm||Little Elm ISD Athletic Complex||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||Lone Star||Ford Center at The Star||7 p.m.|