(Douglasville, GA) — Coach Tim Barron and the Braves varsity football team hit the road Friday night to take on the Alexander Cougars in the first of two preseason scrimmages as the Braves prepare for the regular season opener on August 30 versus Fitzgerald.
The scrimmage served as a homecoming of sorts for Barron who coached his first three seasons at Alexander from 1999-2001.
“I am so blessed and thankful to meet all the people and make the friendships that I did here at Alexander — to get started and cut my teeth and all those things — but to be honest when I took over this job I wasn’t prepared and I was a little young and a little green and if I had it to do over I’d do a lot of things different,” Barron said after Friday’s scrimmage.
“Anybody who knows me will tell you that Heard County is home for me but it was nice to come back and see people you still care about. It was awful neat to see kids you used to coach come by and hug you and tell you how they been doing.”
Braves fans were clearly hungry for some gridiron action as they packed the visitor side stands and witnessed a lot of new things.
The team has changed a lot of packages on both offense and defense and several new players debuted including a freshman quarterback, Emory Jones, that started the scrimmage under center.
Jones completed a touchdown pass to senior Elijah Toney in the second quarter to put the Braves on top 14-0 after junior Austin Barron broke away for a 44-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter.
The Braves first teamers played well and took a 14-7 lead into the half. Alexander’s JV played well in the third quarter as the Cougars ended up with a 28-14 win on the scoreboard after all was said and done with lots of kids seeing the field for both squads.
Barron was pleased to get a chance to evaluate a lot of his younger guys. “Some of the kids we got in tonight earned more playing time and I am sure some might have lost some playing time just by how they played and how they executed. As coaches we have to watch the film and decide if was it an execution thing or and effort thing or an ability thing. We just have to find ways to evaluate all of that and find bodies that can play and ways to get better.”
The Braves will host another scrimmage this Friday night as an old rival, the Greenville Patriots, arrive at Staples Stadium for a 7:30 kick-off.
Varsity Football Ticket Info
Tickets are $7.00 dollars each for Braves home games but are going to be pre-sold at every Heard County school each Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for $5.00 dollars each. Everyone 6-years-old and up needs a ticket. Anyone needing to enter Staples Stadium will need some form of ticket or a pass. Season tickets, GHSA passes, Media, Faculty Passes will all enter the pass gate by the band room.