September 22, 2017

Braves Host Red Devils Tonight in Home Opener

Junior Running Back/Linebacker Qua Reid

The Heard County Braves welcomed the Bowdon Red Devils to Staples Stadium for the very first time in 1990 and were defeated by them 29-21.

Even though it was the first meeting between the two varsity teams, the Brave fan base did see one all to familiar face that night in Red Devil head coach Dwight Hochstetler.

Coach Hochstetler, who began his head coaching career with the Greenville Patriots, made his first appearance at Heard County in 1979 when his Patriots defeated the Braves 28-6.

This would be a recurring theme at Heard County home games for many years. In fact, before the juggernaut 2006 Braves team led by Dontavius Jackson defeated the Devils 37-27 in 2006, Hochstetler owned the Braves at Staples with a record of 12 wins and no losses.

In fact, his Greenville and Bowdon squads both combined to outscore the Braves by an enormous margin of 345-71 during this 12 game winning streak.

This will be his first return to Heard County since that loss and you can bet your bottom dollar he will be looking to start a new streak tonight as he brings in a 2-0 team with a lot of talent and a lot of senior leadership at the skill positions.

Most notably, the Devils will rely on Senior tail-back Maricio “Poo Poo” Askew, who after missing practically all of his junior year with a leg injury, seems to be back at full speed which is very fast.

Brave head Coach Tim Barron said of Askew “He is one of the fastest kids we will ever see or have ever seen. He is  faster than Carlos Brown.”

The Red Devils have gotten off to a fast start this season with big wins over Woodland and Haralson Co. while the Braves had last week off to lick their wounds after an opening night loss to the Handley Tigers two weeks ago.

Coach Barron will rely heavily on his young offensive line to try and control the line of scrimmage in an effort to keep the high powered Devil offense off the field.

It will be a tall task for a team that starts 14 underclassmen on offense and defense but having the home crowd behind them all the way could play a key role in this rivalry season that could be placed on hold next year depending upon how the new GHSA regions finally shake out.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Curbow said that one of the keys to tonight’s game would be the play of Senior Tyler Wynn who was the Heard Citizen Player of the Week for the Handley game.

Bowdon Red Devils (2-0) @ Heard County Braves (0-1)

WHEN: Tonight 7:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Staples Stadium 

ADDRESS: 545 Main St., Franklin, GA 30217

TV/RADIO: B-92.1 Country (FM)

INTERNET: Packaged game video will be broadcast next week at HeardCitizen.com

LAST MEETING (2010): Braves 28, (H) Bowdon 14  

 

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