October 22, 2019

Braves rally past the Jaguars in Douglasville

Brave captains for Friday night’s game: #8 Andrew Leak, #13 Micaiah Austin,#56 David Urquilla, #5 Alijah Huzzie

(Douglasville, GA) — An 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and another “Beastly” effort from junior running back Aaron Beasley sparked a 26-14 road win by the Heard County Braves at Class AAAAAA New Manchester Friday night.

The Jaguars punched it in to take a 14-13 lead with just 9:17 to go in the game, but Moreland’s electric return brought the momentum immediately back to Barron’s Braves.

An unsuccessful 2-point play left the Braves with just a five point lead at 19-14 but stingy defense and a 43-yard TD run from Beasley with 5:05 to play in the game would seal the win late.

Senior QB Emory Jones scored the other Brave touchdown on a sneak to tie the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter.

A defensive interception and long return by junior Alijah Huzzie set the Braves up deep in Jag territory early in the second quarter before Beasley took it in for a 13-7 Brave lead.

Beasley had another solid effort from the backfield with 153 yards and two TD’s on just 16 carries. The newcomer to the Braves is averaging over 8.6 yards per carry and has eight TD’s on the season including one as a receiver.

Defensively, the Braves were led by Kendaz Goode who had a big night with double-digit tackles. Goode caused a fumble late in the game that was recovered by Moreland to end a potential game tying drive by the Jags.

Senior kickoff specialist Chris Carroll made a big tackle late in the game to thwart a possible Jag TD return, but it was an up and down night for the Brave special teams as they did have a blocked PAT and a muffed fair catch on a punt.

The Jaguars out-gained the braves in total yardage 262-239 and coach Tim Barron was not pleased with his team’s overall performance following the big effort on ESPNU last week.

“There’s no doubt we felt like we had a letdown factor tonight. We played horrible no doubt about it but you can see it in the kids’ eyes that they know it and they are going to be ready to play better next week,” said Barron after the win.

“We played slow — were not as physical, and we didn’t have the same swarming defense we had last week. If we’re going to compete for a region title then we can’t play like that ever. Maybe you can’t always play with that same “sky high” energy but you can always play physical, execute, and play fast and we just didn’t do that tonight.”

The Braves (2-1) will host Class A private school Darlington (1-1) this Friday at Staples Stadium. The very physical Tigers knocked off the Braves 28-14 last season in Rome after the Braves had taken an early 14-0 lead. The Braves will be looking for revenge at home versus a squad that boasts several D1 lineman prospects.

Next week’s game will kick off at 7:30 PM at Staples Stadium. Tickets are $8 each at the gate, with pre-sale tickets available for $6 each at all of the local schools.

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