While light showers precipitated over Dimond Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it was the Heartwell-McKoy brothers who helped the South Wolverines rain on Dimond’s homecoming parade.
Jayden and Quincy Heartwell-McKoy combined for three touchdowns in a 43-6 blowout victory that moved South to 3-1 and dropped Dimond to 1-2. It was the first Cook Inlet Conference game of the season for both teams.
“They’re both playmakers,” South coach Walter Harmon said. “They’re great kids, a whole lot of fun and super athletes.”
The Wolverines dominated in all three phases of the game against the Lynx, and the Heartwell-McKoy brothers made their presence felt in each of them.
Jayden, a senior, scored on both defense and special teams and Quincy, a junior, caught a touchdown pass and made several flashy plays on offense.
The soft-spoken siblings have played together for 12 years. They take none of the credit for South’s success through the first four games of the season, choosing to praise their teammates instead of patting themselves on the back.
Jayden scored South’s second touchdown of the game by returning a punt 55 yards down the right sideline, breaking a couple of tackles before galloping across the goal line.
He closed out the first half with a 93-yard return after intercepting a Hail Mary from Dimond quarterback Landen Dewitt. He followed a convoy of blockers to pay dirt to give the Wolverines a 29-0 halftime lead.
“On defense, I like our linebackers,” Jayden said. “They don’t get any credit. I like our (defensive backs) because (Dimond) can’t throw anything behind us. They had a couple, but I think overall we did good.”
Quincy was a popular target for junior quarterback Jackson Harmon, who threw for more than 200 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Harmon and the younger Heartwell-McKoy hooked up for a 10-yard touchdown on a slant, and Heartwell-McKoy was especially effective on jet-sweep plays where he outflanked the defense and picked up chunks of yardage.
“On offense, we can’t do anything without our (offensive) line,” he said. “It’s our line. We love our line, but they don’t really get the credit.”
The Wolverines as a whole were dominant on both sides of the ball. Harmon who supplemented his passing game by running for some clutch yardage on scrambles when plays broke down.
“He managed the game a lot better, made some good decisions, threw the ball better in the second half than the first and continued to grow,” coach Harmon said of his son.
Senior running back Carter Weber-Thomas also had a nice, versatile day on the ground. He shrugged off tackles and showed elusiveness in the open field while rushing for more than 100 yards and scoring twice. He ran 1 yard for the first touchdown of the game and later took a swing pass 30 yards for another score.
Dimond’s only points came on a 70-yard interception return from defensive back Dylan Tibbets. By not allowing the offense any points, the Wolverines defense pitched their third shutout of the season.
Their defensive line got great penetration all afternoon and recovered a fumble, and the secondary bothered the Lynx receivers and came away with three interceptions.
“It’s huge,” Harmon said of his team’s stout defense.
Week 4 scores
Houston 20, Homer 8
Soldotna 53, Christian Unified (Calif.) 20.
Palmer 47, Kodiak 0
Redington 58, Monroe 24
West 42, Bartlett 28
Eagle River 36, West Valley 30
Juneau 63, Wasilla 0
North Pole 31, Kenai 6
Barrow 14, Nikiski 0
South 43, Dimond 6
Chugiak 38, Colony 12
Ketchikan 34, Seward 6
Eielson 53, Valdez 6
Service 51, Lathrop 20