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Heard County High School celebrated homecoming Friday night with a 54-7 mauling of the Jordan Red Jackets in front of a standing room only crowd at Staples Stadium.
The Braves were all over the Jackets from the very start leading 47-0 at halftime. The blow-out win gave Coach Barron a good chance to get a lot of his younger Braves a lot of time on the field as he began subbing in junior varsity players in the second quarter.
In keeping with the Homecoming theme, the first runner-up for Homecoming King, Quay Reid got the scoring started with a 30-yard touchdown burst early. Just moments later the Homecoming King, Dillian Bradley took an interception back 43 yards to pay dirt scoring the first touchdown of his high school career.
It was all Braves from that point on as several Braves got in on the scoring action. Jonathon Hunt continued his strong passing game completing four of five passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.
One of the TD passes went to Elijah Toney for 42 yards and the other went to Ta Freeland for 58 yards. Toney also intercepted a pass and returned it for a score in the second quarter.
Junior Tori Rogers also had a big game carrying the ball seven times for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore Duranta Dunson carried the ball eight times for 76 yards and one touchdown. Dunson eclipsed the 1000 yard rushing mark for the second consecutive season.
Most of the Braves starters sat out the entire second half giving the youngsters some time to get game experience. With the clock running the entire second half, the Braves walked away with a dominating 54-7 win.
In other region 5-AA action Manchester rebounded big with a 40-12 win over Bremen. Bowdon smashed Spencer 61-28 while Kendrick battled to a 12-8 win over Chattahoochee County. Temple was idle.
Three teams are still in the hunt for the Region title with the Braves controlling their own destiny at an undefeated record of 7-0. The Braves will be at home again this week taking on Temple in the “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness.
Senior Qua Reid carries it in for the 1st of many Braves TD’s (Photo by Rodney East)
Bowdon will travel to Bremen in what will be a very important game in the region standings.
A Bremen win would put the Braves clearly in the driver’s seat but a Bowdon win over the Blue Devils could set up a Region Championship game between the Braves and Red Devils on November 9 at Bowdon.
While Heard, Bowdon, and Manchester will likely own the top three Region playoff slots, the fourth seed is very much up for grabs between Kendrick, Spencer, Bremen, and Chattahoochee County.