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Jimtown football playwrs gather on the sideline during the Jimmie’s Sectional final game at Heritage in Ft. Wayne on Friday.

Jimtown's Carter Gill watches the Jimmie's take on Heritage 11/2/2012 at Heritage. The Jimmies were playing for the sectional championship.

Jimtown head coach Mike Campbell talks with his team after Friday’s sectional final at Heritage High School. Jimtown lost to Heritage 40-29. (Bill Beck)
Jimmies come up short in sectional final
Posted on Nov. 3, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

MONROEVILLE – Heritage could do no wrong and Jimtown couldn’t do enough things right.

And with Patriots quarterback Conner Sheehan having a hot hand and his receivers making play after play, the top-ranked Jimmies saw their hopes for a Class 3A state championship end in a 40-29 sectional final loss on Friday night.

Jimtown finished at 11-1.

“They’re very talented, very coached. We thought we had a good scheme, but their speed and execution was better,” said Jimtown head coach Mike Campbell. “Their quarterback made great checks and the receivers made great catches.”

Sheehan blistered Jimtown’s secondary for 323 yards and five touchdowns and spread the wealth throughout a leaping, sure-handed receiving corps. Ben Gibson hauled in three of Sheehan’s scoring tosses.

The Jimmies were within striking distance when Devan Emerson fell on a fumble in the end zone after Brody Olson had scrambled to the 5 late in the third quarter. The TD made it 25-21.

But Heritage responded in the final seconds of the period on Gibson’s third TD catch while fullback Jake Roop dove in from the 1 to complete a 13-play drive late in the fourth quarter for a 40-21 lead.

Heritage 40, Jimtown 29

Scoring by Quarters

Jimtown 7 8 6 7 — 29

Heritage 6 13 14 7 — 40

School — Scoring Play

First Quarter

H — Ben Gibson 10 pass from Conner Sheehan; kick failed, 5:28.

J — Devan Emerson 4 run; Trey Zufan kick, :52.

Second Quarter

H — Gibson 4 pass from Sheehan; pass failed, 7:48.

J — Emerson fumble recovery in end zone; Emerson run, 3:19.

H — Chad Whitman 19 pass from Sheehan; Logan White kick, 1:52.

Third Quarter

H — Brenton Lockett 36 pass from Sheehan; White kick, 9:52.

J — Evan Oblinger 26 pass from Brody Olson; run failed, 3:55.

H — Gibson 31 pass from Sheehan; White kick, :08.

Fourth Quarter

H — Jake Roop 1 run; White kick, 4:30.

J — Tanner Adams recovered blocked punt in end zone; Oblinger pass from Olson, 1:19.

Officials: Tony Barton, EJ Carroll, Bob Plummer, Quinn Curry, Todd Morgan.

Team Statistics Jim Her

Net yards rushing 149 41

Net yards passing 132 323

First downs 13 20

Total Yards 281 364

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties 10-87 2-13

Individual Leaders

Jimtown Team: Rushing — Tanner Adams 12-62, Brody Olson 10-74. Passing — Olson 3-6-83. Receiving — Carter Gill 1-45, Evan Oblinger 2-38. Interception — Oblinger.

Heritage Team: Rushing — Brenton Lockett 13-29. Passing — Conner Sheehan 22-31-323, 1 INT. Receiving — Lockett 6-97, Ben Gibson 6-79, Zach Toles 4-93.