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Defense key in Dukes’ 17-6 win over Heritage


On the backs of the defense, Gloucester notched its first win on the gridiron this season, a 17-6 victory Saturday over a Heritage team that had topped the Dukes last season. Three interceptions, a recovered fumble, and a successful onside kick helped Gloucester control the pace of the contest as the offense finally appeared to find its rhythm.

The Dukes won the opening toss and deferred to the second half, stonewalling the home Hurricanes on the opening play of the game when linebacker Adam Eckstein blew up an inside run. Though Heritage would get down to the goal line, they were turned away by the Dukes’ defense. 

Despite being without injured defensive end Dylan Richards, who is out three weeks with a laceration to his face, the defensive line was able to maintain pressure most of the contest. Though the Gloucester defensive unit would surrender a touchdown in the first half, they buckled down and shut out the Hurricanes in the second. 

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