September 19, 2017

Braves prepare for Hall of Fame opener following final scrimmage

(Douglasville, GA) — The Braves closed out the preseason Friday night with a second scrimmage in as many weeks at Chapel Hill in Douglasville.

The controlled scrimmage ended in a 14-14 tie after a scoreless second half of football featuring junior varsity players exclusively.

Coach Tim Barron was pleased to get out of the scrimmage without any major injuries following the first scrimmage where several of his guys were banged up and/or injured.

Several key players were not dressed out versus the Panthers Friday as they try to get healed up for this Friday night’s regular season Hall of Fame game opener versus South Atlanta at Staples Stadium.

“We were glad to get through tonight without any more injuries, but we weren’t really happy with our intensity or our execution,” said Barron after the scrimmage.

“Like Coach Lassetter said at halftime — just because the player changes, or the number on the jersey changes — the expectation doesn’t change and that’s something these younger kids are going to have to learn and grasp. If we play like we did tonight we will get hammered next week against South Atlanta.”

The Braves got on the board first in the scrimmage with junior running back Aaron Beasley punching it in on a short run that was set up by a long scamper from QB Emory Jones.

The Panthers would respond quickly on a long TD pass to tie the game and would take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter before the Braves would tie it up on a short burst from senior Kendaz Goode.

Jakab Moon was 2-for-2 on PAT attempts and that would be all of the scoring on the night for either squad.

Starting the scrimmage on the offensive line for the Braves were juniors Brenden Thompson, Michael Cheney, Jaidan Cameron, and David Urquilla along with senior Mason Jenkins.

This Friday night’s opener will feature the induction of the Inaugural Class of the Heard County Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the public ceremony to honor the inductees beginning at 6:45 PM. The game will kickoff at 7:30 PM.

The Hall of Fame is being established as a way to recognize and honor in a permanent manner those who have excelled in their dedication to the community of Heard County sports and those who have made outstanding coaching and performance contributions both at Heard County schools and in the world which reflect positively upon the community.

After defining bylaws and procedures and accepting nominations from those in the community earlier this year, 17 esteemed Heard County members were identified by the selection committee to be inducted during this Friday’s pregame ceremony and private reception.

Only those graduating in 2012 and prior were eligible for induction in the inaugural class. Those nominated but not selected for the inaugural class will remain on the ballot for a total of five years.

The committee limited the number of coaches to and community members to a maximum of three per year and the number of athletes to be inducted to three per decade.

The 17 inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame include coaches Mason Alford and Robert “Chief” Canady along with longtime girl’s basketball coach Kathy Scott. Community members being inducted this year include the late Bob Norton, Edward Potts, and Hazel Reeves.

Former athletes being honored Friday night will include Sonny Archer (1980’s), Roy Awbrey (Pre 1970), Carlos Brown (2000’s), Jeffery Davis (1970’s), Jodie Davis (1980’s), Thomas “Red” Keith (2000’s), Ann O’Neal (2000’s), Sedrick Robinson (1990’s), Paul Rogers (Pre 1970), Rodney Wilkerson (1990’s), and Arthez Woodruff (1980’s).

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