January 17, 2022

Braves down Panthers 38-20; Cali Harrod named Queen

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2014 Heard High School Homecoming Queen Ms. Cali Harrod (C) along with 1st Runner-Up Natalie Moncus (L) and 2nd Runner-Up Cassidy Cole during Friday night’s halftime ceremony. The Braves win the game 38-20 over the visiting Panthers.

(Franklin) — Senior Lady Brave softball player Cali Harrod was crowned as the 2014 Heard High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Staples Stadium during halftime of the Braves Region 5-AA win over the visiting Chattahoochee County Panthers.

The 2013 Queen Camry Brice had the honor of crowning Harrod who was escorted by her father Roger Harrod. Natalie Moncus was named first runner-up and Cassidy Cole was second runner-up to round out the top three.

Will Hutchins was crowned as the Homecoming King during the pep rally Friday afternoon in the HHS gymnasium with Cody Norris being first runner-up and Levi Brown second runner-up. A week-long series of Homecoming events concluded Saturday night with the annual Homecoming Dance at HHS.

On the field Friday night, Coach Barron’s squad overcame a plethora of injuries to knock off the upstart Panthers in the first Region 5-AA game of the season.

Junior Austin Barron and 130-pound sophomore Mike Holmes led the way with three touchdowns each with the Braves looking strong on both sides of the ball.

Defensively, the Braves only allowed 30 yards of total offense through three plus quarters of action prior to many substitutions late in the fourth quarter.

The defense set the tone early with an impressive first series featuring big tackles by senior Levi Brown and junior Qua Daniels. Brown also blocked an extra point attempt by the Panther kicker after their first score.

The game was halted for several minutes during the second quarter after chippy play and a couple of altercations between the two teams. A Chattahoochee player was ejected later in the quarter after the referees conferred with both coaches at midfield during the stoppage of play. The Braves led 24-6 at the half.

Barron led the way in rushing yards with 23 attempts and 187 yards to go along with his career high three TD’s. Holmes carried 17 times for 90 yards and his three TD’s were also a career high.

Quarterback Emory Jones led the Braves to 428 total yards on offense and completed passes for 77 yards. Senior Elijah Toney caught two passes for a total of 50 yards and Chandler Polk, Zack Stephens, and Ethan Brant also had receptions.

The Braves will hope to utilize a timely week off this Friday to heal up the many injuries incurred over the past few weeks as they roll head-on into the meat of the Region 5-AA schedule in two weeks at Manchester.

The Blue Devils lost to Bowdon 56-14 on the road Friday night. The Braves will travel to Manchester and Bowdon in back-to-back weeks for games that will likely determine final state playoff seedings in Region 5-AA.

Region 5-AA will take on arguably the top region in the state (Region 6-AA) in the first round of the state playoffs in November so seedings will be crucial in deciding who advances the farthest in the post-season from the region. In the other Region 5-AA game Friday night, Bremen knocked off Temple 49-21 at home.

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