The Patriots, who played in the CIF finals last fall, got rolling late in the first half. They scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the half and took control for good when senior Darius Allensworth returned the second-half opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD and a 28-6 lead.
Limihai Hifo scored on a 9-yard run for a 14-6 lead late in the second quarter. Following a fumble recovery by the Patriots' McKinley Grant, quarterback Mat Bradshaw passed 24 yards to Allensworth for the score and a 21-6 halftime lead.
"Darius is very explosive, and he made some great plays," said Coach Kraig Broach.
Broach said the team made some of the errors typical of a season opener, but that overall he was pleased with the Patriots' effort.
"The kids played fast and ran to the football," he said. "I'm very happy with their effort. We just need to have them do a better job of playing assignment football. I'm glad we got through it, but there are some things we need to clean up in a hurry."
Broach was also pleased with the play of his new starting quarterback. Bradshaw completed 4 of 8 passes for one touchdown and generally handled the offense well throughout the game.
"He was very solid, especially for someone who had never played quarterback before," Broach said about Bradshaw. "He handled himself well and showed confidence in what he had to do."
Jamal Morrow carried 9 times for 146 yards for Heritage, which plays at Rancho Verde next Friday. Menifee 24/7 will be at the game to provide a first-hand report.