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After rising in the class, Heritage Hall repeats as state champions
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After rising in the class, Heritage Hall repeats as state champions

Clinging to a one-goal lead and looking for a cushion in its pursuit of the Class 4A state boys soccer championship, Heritage Hall just kept shooting.

Finally, with 4:31 to play, Chargers senior Turner Lentz squeezed in the final goal in the 3-1 win over Clinton on Friday night at Taft Stadium.

“One was bound to fall,” Lentz said. “They had a great goalkeeper and he played a great game, but we worked for it.”

Despite moving up from Class 3A this season, the Chargers repeated as state champions while breaking off Clinton’s 4A reign. The Red Tornadoes were looking for a fourth title in a row.

“Anytime you win a state championship, it’s a good feeling,” Heritage Hall coach Tommy Riley said. “There are 32 teams committed to that, and to be one of them is fantastic. We ran into a really good Clinton team.

“Ending that dynasty and legacy was huge. But our boys have performed well all year. They’ve seen that goal rise from 3A to 4A and they’ve handled it well. I feel like we are one of the best teams in all classes.”

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Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

The title was the Chargers’ fifth as a program, winning in 2013-14 and 2016 before adding the latter two.

They attacked early and sophomore Noah Ragozzino created a 1-0 lead after just ten minutes.

Clinton answered back a few minutes later with a goal from Humberto Madera at 26:20, and the score remained tied until the opening minutes of the second half.

Heritage Hall took the lead for good with a goal off the foot of junior Alex Alspaugh.

From there, the Chargers went on the offensive to put the game away, missing close call after close call.

“We always create opportunities,” Riley said. “That’s what our team does. I know we will always stay in the match, even until 80 minutes.

“The insurance goal, the third goal, finally came with a few minutes to go, and a lot of credit to Turner Lentz, who scored.”

Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

Heritage Hall celebrates the Class 4A state football championship game against Clinton at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

Lentz, one of the team’s few seniors, got the ball in front of the goal and finished the chance.

“He’s been patient with us this year,” Riley said. “He probably scored one of the biggest goals we’ve had all season.

“I did a little dance in the box and put one in with his left foot, which in itself is a miracle that he uses his left foot.”

Lentz could only laugh as he confirmed the miraculous nature of his left-footed goal.

“It was a shock, I can say that,” Lentz said. “I worked for it.

“It means the world, playing your last game and ending with it. Nothing can beat it.”

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Heritage Hall's celebrates his goal alongside Fabian Martinez during the Class 4A state football game between Clinton and Heritage Hall at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.Heritage Hall's celebrates his goal alongside Fabian Martinez during the Class 4A state football game between Clinton and Heritage Hall at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

Heritage Hall’s celebrates his goal alongside Fabian Martinez during the Class 4A state football game between Clinton and Heritage Hall at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 10, 2024.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Class 4A football: Heritage Hall boys move up in class and repeat as champions