(Franklin) — The Heard County High School football team scored in the first ten seconds of the game and never looked back in defeating Jordan High School by a score of 56-13 on homecoming night.
The victory was the Braves third victory in a row scoring 50 or more points, while the defense managed to shut down the Red Jackets potent passing attack. “We really did not believe coming into this game that we would come out and play this well early,” stated Heard County head coach Tim Barron.
Kicking off to Jordan to start the game, the Braves fell on a fumble on the return, and scored on their first play from scrimmage when senior quarterback Jonathon Hunt connected with senior wide out Taylor Smith for a 35-yard touchdown strike, giving Heard County the early 7-0 lead.
The Brave offensive line manhandled the Red Jackets in Friday night’s 56-13 rout of Jordan. L-R: Levi Brown, Dylan Yates, Jace Mock, Justin Whitten, and Jake Edwards (Photo: Hunter Parmer)
After intercepting a pass from Red Jacket’s quarterback William Harris, the Braves wasted little time getting back on the scoreboard when Duranta Dunson scored on a 3-yard run to increase the lead to 14-0 with more than 10 minutes still left in the first quarter.
Dunson would score again on a 60-yard scamper following a Red Jacket interception to extend the Heard County lead to 21-0 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Braves’ offense continued to overwhelm the Red Jackets in the second quarter, as evidenced by another Dunson touchdown run less than two minutes into the quarter to give Heard County a 28-0 lead.
After Jordan’s quarterback threw his third interception of the night, Dunson scored on the first play of the following drive on a 21-yard rushing touchdown to give Heard County a 35-0 lead. Heard County scored again on the Red Jackets’ next play from scrimmage when Tori Rogers picked up a Jordan fumble and took it 34 yards for the score.
After the subsequent kickoff, Hunt picked off a Red Jacket pass and took it in for the score to close out the first half with the Braves leading 49-0. The Braves held Jordan to 14 yards in the first half, while compiling 290 yards of their own.
The second half moved by quickly, as a running clock was implemented. The Heard County coaches rested their starters, giving younger players the opportunity to get important varsity experience.
“It is always a good thing when you have the ability to play some of your reserves and give them valuable playing time,” claims Barron. “Over the next three weeks we really need to focus on ourselves and try to get better each week.”
The Braves (6-1, 5-0) will travel to Temple next week for another region 5-AA matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.