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Haynes finds inner grit for senior year

Asher Haynes goes through a Heritage practice on April 7, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Asher Haynes goes through a Heritage practice on April 7, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Asher Haynes found something in himself that has pushed him to some exceptionally green pastures as a senior.

The Heritage quarterback endured the long offseason like everyone else in California. The uncertainty if a season would ever happen. The delay to January. Then to the spring. 

He mustered through it, and he’s only better because of it.

“I think I really found my inner grit, just kind of to push through stuff because this whole offseason was super long and just tough,” Haynes said. “I didn’t know whether I was going to get to play or not, so I think that was a big thing.”

A three-year varsity player, Haynes is finding growth within himself and enjoying the opportunity to just play some games during this one last high school campaign.

On a Heritage team that is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Bay Valley Athletic League play, Haynes boasts a 60.5% completion percentage for 10 touchdowns and five interceptions, including another two scores on the ground.

Haynes’ last game was a 16-of-24 effort for 151 yards, four touchdowns and no picks in a 34-14 victory over Antioch, which puts the Patriots one win away from tying their best-ever league mark entering the Brentwood Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday against Liberty.

“I’ve definitely made a few mistakes, like turnovers, a few too many, but other than that I think I’ve done decent and I’m excited for these last games,” Haynes said.

Where Haynes has excelled, too, is as a leader – something that was noticeably evident when this new coaching staff under Dave Fogelstrom took over.

Haynes was “All In.” And it showed, as his entire POD during offseason training was outside lifting at 5:30 a.m. every day, and they were still there when it was 36 degrees outside. 

“Definitely a lot (of growth),” Haynes said. “It helps because we’ve had this whole senior class since I was a freshman, and we’ve all been working together. It feels good to have all my guys around me and just play together.”

All he wants now is to conclude his Heritage career with one more win and make some history.

“Definitely for myself just no more interceptions, no more turnovers,” Haynes said. “Just ball out for my guys. And team goals just win the last games.”

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