Fortner comes off bench, leads Gibbs to win over Heritage

H.T. Fortner scored four touchdowns in the Eagles' 40-27 win over Heritage.

H.T. Fortner knew his number might be called Friday night but didn't know he would have as big an impact as he did.

"I wasn't expecting to come out and have that many yards," Fortner said.

The senior quarterback scored four touchdowns and tallied 164 yards on 19 carries to help Gibbs defeat Region 2-5A foe Heritage.

Fortner had not seen much of the field since tweaking his ankle in the season opener against Campbell County. He entered on the Eagles' second drive  against the Mountaineers and completed a 54-yard drive with an 8-yard scamper to the end zone. Fortner credits the work of the other ten players around him for his success.

"Definitely the line and pretty much our slots that were blocking the stud outside linebacker they have," Fortner said. "It just takes a lot of pressure off everybody else."

Head coach Brad Conley thought Fortner excelled in leading the Eagles' offense to victory.

"H.T. did a great job of reading the defense and taking advantage of it," Conley noted. "H.T. was the kid who got it going for us."

 


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