Courtesy of The Warcry
Written by: Brandon Morton
(Temple, GA) — The Heard County High School football team dismantled an overmatched Temple team by a score of 49-7 on Friday night. The Braves (7-1, 6-0) dominated the game from the opening kickoff, and held the Tigers from scoring until the fourth quarter.
The victory assures the Braves of a playoff spot, while a win next week against Spencer will clinch a first round home game for Heard County in the state playoffs.
“We have put ourselves in a very good position through eight games,” stated head coach Tim Barron. “However, we must now focus on Spencer and take it one game at a time.”
After stopping the Tigers on their first series, the Braves took over on their own 22-yard line.
Twelve plays and more than five minutes later, Heard County scored when junior Duranta Dunson rushed for an 18-yard touchdown. After freshman Trey Wiggins was successful on the PAT, the Braves led by a score of 7-0.
After Tori Rogers intercepted a pass from Temple quarterback Devin Lord, the Braves scored on a touchdown pass from Jonathan Hunt to Taylor Smith to extend the Braves lead to 14-0.
The Braves closed the opening quarter, when Dunson rushed for a two-yard score to give Heard County the 21-0 lead.
After Hunt left the game with an injured ankle, Smith took the reins of Braves’ offense and connected with sophomore receiver Zack Stephens for a 39-yard touchdown.
The Braves led 28-0 at halftime, and had outgained the Tigers, holding Temple to 17 yards and gaining 266 yards from scrimmage.
The Braves wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard in the second half, scoring on an 80 yard kickoff return by Dunson. After freshman holder Ethan Brandt scored on a botched snap on the PAT, the Braves led 36-0.
Less than four minutes later, the Braves scored again when senior Ta Freeland rushed for a 26-yard touchdown and a 43-0 lead for the Braves.
After a missed field goal by Temple, the Braves drove down the field and capped off a six play drive on a fifteen yard touchdown run by Rogers late in the third quarter. There was a running clock for the fourth quarter, and Heard County substituted liberally.
The Braves return home for a game against Spencer on Friday, November 1 for a key region 5-AA contest. The game has been designated as a “Pink Out” game, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to support Breast Cancer awareness.