November 26, 2020

Braves down Jaguars 38-28

(Franklin, GA) — Huge first halves from junior quarterback Emory Jones and senior wide receiver Austin Miller propelled the Heard County Braves to a 38-28 win over the Class AAAAAA New Manchester Jaguars Friday night at Staples Stadium and the first 3-0 start to a season since Coach Barron’s 2012 team that would go on to finish the regular season at 10-0.

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the home team after the Jaguars returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but Austin Miller returned the favor on the ensuing kick streaking 83 yards to tie the score at 7-7 after less than 30 seconds had expired on the game clock.

After a big stop by the Brave defense, Jones would find Miller for another quick 51-yard strike to give the Braves a 14-7 lead with 5:00 to play in the opening quarter.

Jones would connect with Miller once again early in the second from 22 yards away to extend the lead to 21-7.

An intense and fired up Brave defense would shut the Jags out in the first half with the key plays being an interception from Gage Cannon and sacks by Ethan Brant and Luis Vasquez.

The Braves knocked off Class AAAAAA New Manchester 38-28 Friday night to move to 3-0 on the season. They will travel to Darlington this Friday.

The Braves knocked off Class AAAAAA New Manchester 38-28 Friday night to move to 3-0 on the season. They will travel to Darlington this Friday.

The Brave defense held the Jags to just five yards rushing and 137 yards of total offense in the game. The Braves had 428 yards of total offense.

Jones found junior Jaden Moreland in the end zone for an 11-yard TD to give the Braves a 28-7 lead heading into the locker room for the half.

The Jaguars would fight back in the second half scoring on a TD pass with 6:53 to play in the third quarter to make it a two touchdown contest at 28-14.

The Braves wouldn’t stay down long as Jones competed another long pass to Miller to set up DayVin Troy for a 1-yard rushing score in a drive taking just over three minutes off the clock .

After a nice touch-back kickoff by Trey Wiggins, the Jags would drive deep into Brave territory before sophomore David Urquilla would recover a fumble.

The Jags would intercept Jones on the next play setting up a first and goal at the 1-yard line of the Braves and would take it in to close the gap to 35-21.

A Wiggins 29-yard field goal and another late score from the Jags would make the final score 38-28.

Jaden Moreland picked off a pass with 1:19 to play to seal the victory for the home team.

Emory Jones completed eight of 17 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions on the night. Austin Miller’s big game included four catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his kick return TD.

“That’s the hardest and the fastest we have played — we still have a lot of room to grow and you could see that by the penalties and turnovers we had — but if we continue to play with that kind of energy and effort and can clean up those mistakes then we are headed in the right direction,” said Coach Barron after the game.

“It was good to see us playing physical again and showing some real emotion not just show emotion against an athletic football team.”

Team captains for the game were Ethan Brant, Emory Jones, David Urquilla, and Mack Smith.

The Braves (3-0,0-0) travel to Rome, Georgia this Friday night to take on Darlington High School. The game will kick off at 7:30 PM.

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