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South Harrison Ready for Shot at Redemption

South Harrison won the GRC in 2012, but lost to Polo in the district semifinal.
(BETHANY, Mo.) South Harrison won nine games for the second straight season in 2012, but the year was bookended by losses -- first to the Class 1 State Champ Hamilton and the last to Polo in the district semifinal. The Bulldogs have taken the disappointment from those losses and turned it into motivation.

"I've been counting down since summer began," senior quarterback Dylan Heitz said. "I'm ready to play them already. I want to get them this year that's for sure."

South Harrison's won at least eight games each of the past four seasons, and won their first Grand River Conference crown under head coach Caleb Obert last year. But it's still not where they want to be.

"You look back and go eight wins, that's a pretty good season on paper," Obert said. "But you're never satisfied when you lose that last game."

The Bulldogs lost a large senior class from that conference championship team, but have spent the summer developing the class of 2014.

"Trying to find that leadership is what the off-season's been about. We've got five seniors. One of them went out with an injury preseason, so we're down to four seniors. They're doing a good job of trying to step up into that leadership role."

The undisputed leader of the offense is Heitz -- a two-time all-state football player that's living his dream under center.

"My brother was a senior when I was an eighth grader so I fell in love with the position," Heitz said. "That was my dream to start as a freshmen and play all four years at quarterback."

Now as he enters his senior season at South Harrison, Heitz has one more dream that he's ready to make come true. And it begins week one against Hamilton.

"I think this year we could be just as competitive," Heitz said. "I feel that Hamilton's not as good as they were last year and Polo's lost a lot, so I think it's anybody's ball game."
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