October 20, 2021

Braves blast Trojans on Senior Night

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves closed out the regular season home slate with a 40-14 senior night region win over the visiting Lamar County Trojans.

The Braves jumped out to a 40-0 halftime lead against the over-matched Trojans (3-6, 1-4) before inserting the underclassmen for a shortened second half with running eight minute clocks in the final two quarters.

Senior QB Alijah Huzzie had another huge night passing the ball completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Huzzie’s TD passes were caught by three different receivers.

LeQuincy Shepherd added another TD catch to his season tally on a 78-yarder from Huzzie while Tray Dunson hauled one in from 49 yards. Huzzie hit Andrew Leak from 16 yards away.

Aaron Beasley led the way on the ground with 48 yards on seven rushes including a TD in limited action. Leak also added a rushing score in just two carries.

Some new faces got into the action late in the first half as sophomore backup quarterback Leroy Marsh connected with Komari Clark from 19 yards away for Marsh’s first varsity touchdown pass. Tae Gray had a nice 40 yard rush and Alex Boyd carried it two times for 26 yards as the Brave offense gained a total of 410 yards on the night.

Defensively, the Brave starters completely shut down the Trojan offense allowing less than 100 yards of offense before giving way to the younger second stringers. Zaylin Wood and Aaron Beasley both had huge nights in the final tune-up before a big season finale at Bremen this week.

The Brave win sets up a huge showdown for the Region 5-AA Championship this Friday night (7:30 PM) at Bremen.

The Braves (7-2, 5-0) will travel to face the Blue Devils (8-1, 4-1) in what will amount to a Region 5-AA Championship game.

With a win the Braves would claim back-to-back Region 5-AA titles and most importantly would secure the No. 1 seed in the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs that begin on November 9.

A Brave win would also advance Callaway to the No. 2 seed and drop Bremen to the No. 3 seed. If Bremen pulls off the big home win Friday, all three teams would be in a three-way tie and the points system tie-breakers would give Bremen the top seed, Heard the No. 2 seed, and Callaway the No. 3 seed.

Region 5-AA will battle Region 8-AA in the first round of the state playoffs. Seedings are very important as the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AA would almost certainly have to travel to Hapeville Charter (No. 1 seed in Region 6-AA) in round two to meet the state’s top-ranked Hornets, while the top seed would earn at least two home playoff games, if not more.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com this week for a full preview and further information on this Friday night’s huge clash at Bremen.

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