It didn’t take long for Brett Bogert to light up scoreboards …
In his first season as Heritage Hall’s head coach he led the Chargers to an undefeated season and the school’s 5th state championship.
Quite the accomplishment in the first year after taking over for his father, who’s won a few titles of his own.
“You never know if you’re going to be able to do this,” Brett Bogert, Heritage Hall head football coach, said. “So many things have to go right. You have to stay healthy. You have to have a great group of kids. He was nice enough to retire, well not really retire, but step down as the head coach when we have a group like this coming back, 19 seniors. So it helps getting that in your first year. We knew we had a special group from the get go, and it was our goal from the beginning to win another state championship.”
Brett and the Charger players say Andy still often looks over the team a lot as a consultant.
A valuable asset for Brett, but also special circumstances for a father and son.
“Having him around has been awesome,” Brett said. “I get to come to work with my dad every day. He’s a legend of the game. A legend in Oklahoma. It’s great to have him around, and keep that going.”
“You kind of step away, but not really step away,” Andy said. “You hope that you have taught the right things, taught coaching and done the things that you needed to do as a parent. It makes me really proud to see your son go out there and win the thing.”
Brett says Heritage Hall doesn’t have near the numbers of a Jenks or Union, and that this year’s group wanted to leave their own mark.
Hall’s senior class of nearly 20 guys was the backbone of the team and received much of the credit for helping them lift up their second straight gold ball.
“At the start of the year we wanted to focus on not winning back to back state championships,” Brett said. “Not repeating, but going out and winning our own state championship as a completely separate team, and I think we did a great job with that.”
“It was a lot of fun,” Terrell Love said. “Just a bunch of hard work and blood, sweat and tears go into it. Just finally holding it up at the end of the day is just a great feeling.”
“Nothing compares to your senior year when you have 19 seniors almost ten of them basically starting,” Tevin McDaniel said. “It was just fun to be that, and make history at our school, being the only team in Heritage Hall history to win it back to back. To do it two years in a row is something not a lot of schools can say, and we were able to do it and it was just one of the greatest moments.”
After adding yet another gold ball to their trophy case Heritage Hall builds on an already rich football tradition.
That includes several household names in Oklahoma like Wes Welker, Barry Sanders Jr., who was on hand for the state championship game last Saturday, and a current Sooners star, who has a certain obligation coming up, but was well aware of what his high school accomplished.
“I wanted to go, but we had stuff to do here,” Sterling Shepard, former Heritage Hall and current OU star wide receiver, said. “I was talking to Coach Brett, and to see him turn that program, I mean not turn it around because they won it last year too, but to keep that thing going after his father left. I’m just proud of him, and what he’s been able to accomplish.”