December 2, 2020

Braves blast Lions in Carrollton

Emory Jones (#6) carries the ball versus Central Friday night. Jones passed for 247 yards and 3 TD’s and gained 46 yards on the ground in the 42-21 road win (Photo: Rodney East)

(Carrollton, GA) — The Heard County Braves closed out the non-region schedule in impressive fashion Friday night, clobbering the Central Lions 42-21 on the road in a game not nearly as close as the final score would indicate.

A potent and balanced Brave offensive attack exploded for 479 yards of total offense as the Braves built a 42-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

Despite the huge output from the offense it was once again the Brave defense that stole the show with the first team allowing just 83 total yards to an improved Lion offense before giving way to the junior varsity Braves.

For the second straight week senior quarterback Emory Jones led the Braves on a touchdown drive just before the half — this week a long scoring drive capped by an 8-yard pass to Jaden Moreland.

Moreland had a huge night receiving the ball with 160 yards on just four catches to go along with the TD. Moreland also had an impressive 88 yard kickoff return score that was negated by a penalty.

Penalties were the only kryptonite for the Braves at Roy Richards Memorial Stadium with three TD’s and another long pass play all called back due to penalties.

Jones had his best night of the season statistically completing 7-of-11 passes for 247 yards and three TD’s. He also gained 46 yards on the ground on six carries.

Alijah Huzzie had a big receiving night with three catches for 89 yards and two scores as well as a two-point conversion catch in the second quarter.

Huzzie has been a pivotal weapon for Coach Barron’s squad this season playing all over the field on offense, defense, and special teams and also taking some snaps at QB.

Junior back Aaron Beasley again had a solid night for the Braves rushing for 145 yards and three scores on just 12 carries. He is averaging 124.8 rushing yards per game for the season.

Brave offensive lineman Brendan Thompson, Anthony Graley, and Jaiden Cameron led the way up front opening big holes for Beasley and giving Jones the time he needed to make the long throws.

The suffocating Brave defense was led up front by Tray Owens, Qua Thornton, Sam Brown, Tray Dunson, and David Urquilla with more huge efforts from Kendaz Goode, Moreland, Micaiah Austin, Andrew Leak, and Huzzie.

Coach Barron is pleased with the 4-1 start but told his team a new season is on the horizon as the Braves enter Region 5-AA play next week with an 0-0 record.

“We had too many penalties in the first half but I was awfully excited to see us be able to run and throw the ball like we did tonight,” said Barron after the game. “We’ve got some kids that can play — we just haven’t executed like we did until tonight. I thought Randall (Curbow) and those guys did a great job of showing what our offense can do this week and we’ve just got to keep that up and keep grinding.”

The Braves (4-1,0-0) open Region 5-AA play on the road next week at Temple (3-1, 0-0). The Tigers dropped a heart-breaker to Mount Vernon Presbyterian 41-36 last night at home.

Following next week’s match-up with the Tigers the Braves will have back-to-back bye weeks before hosting Class AA’s No. 2 team and arch rival Callaway at Staples Stadium on October 13.

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