Troup’s Brandon Heard knows what he’s up against.
The Sandy Creek Patriots are the favorite to win a fourth state championships in five seasons for a lot of reasons, and one of the biggest reasons is wide receiver Demarre Kitt.
Kitt, a senior, is one of the state’s most heavily recruited players, and he’s coming off a junior season where he had 74 catches for more than 1,200 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Kitt is the team’s go-to receiver again this season, and he has helped the Patriots score more than 50 points in three straight games.
Tonight, Troup will take on the Sandy Creek juggernaut, and Heard will be matched up with Kitt.
Heard is a senior defensive back, and he’s a veteran player, so he knows what these Friday-night challenges are all about.
He’s ready to take on the Patriots, and he’s prepared to face off against one of the state’s best wide receivers.
“I’m ready to go, and just show everybody what I can do,” Heard said after Thursday’s practice. “I know all the scouts and everybody will be there. This is my chance.”
Kitt, who has verbally committed to the Clemson Tigers, is part of a proud tradition of wide receivers at Sandy Creek that includes Calvin Johnson.
The 5-foot-7 Heard said he’ll try to make things uncomfortable for Kitt at the line of scrimmage.
“You just try to be physical with him,” Heard said. “I don’t want him to do whatever he wants to do. I’ll try to re-route him.”
Heard was part of a talented, veteran group of defensive backs a year ago, but most of those players graduated.
Heard is the veteran this season, and he said everyone is on the same page.
“We all try to listen to each other. We get along good,” Heard said. “That’s why our defense has been good, because we talk on the field.”
Troup brings a 2-2 record into the game, and it is coming off an impressive 37-10 victory over Alexander in its Region 5-AAAA opener.
“We came out, and we did good,” Heard said. “We just had to prove that we’re ready.”
As for tonight’s game, Heard knows his Tigers are a big underdog, and he relishes that role.
“They picked us as their homecoming,” Heard said. “Who usually gets picked as homecoming? We’re looking for the upset.”