September 25, 2021

Braves Upended by Tigers in Opener

Braves Captains: Qua Reid, Jonathon Hunt, Dalton Pate, Brandon Smith

The young Heard County Braves football team knew they would be facing a huge challenge Friday night in the season opener at Handley High School in Roanoke versus a much bigger and more experienced Tiger team who are predicted by many to bring home an Alabama state championship this year.

As the game got underway, the Tigers quickly showed why they are near the top of the state rankings as Breyon Deberry took the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and scampered 68 yards for a touchdown and a quick lead over the Braves 7-0 following the PAT.

After the Handley defense stopped the Braves next drive, the Tigers were quickly on the board again after Duran Zachery added a one-yard run with 7:44 to play in the first quarter to extend the early lead to 14-0.

The Tigers never looked back in this game after they added another score on an 83-yard touchdown by Trae Kyles to make the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The 2nd quarter was much kinder to Braves with the defense holding Handley scoreless and the offense moving the ball much better and as the teams went to the locker room at the half the score remained 21-0.

At halftime the Braves Marching Band debuted it’s new show called “Ladies Night” which got the crowd buzzing as they played lively renditions of “American Woman, “Elvira,”and “Brick House” amongst other estrogen themed numbers.

Sophomore band member Sierra White said that the are very excited about the show and will be adding a couple of new numbers in the coming weeks.

In the second half of action, after another Deberry 38-yard touchdown for the Tigers, the Braves answered with their first score of the season on a long kickoff return by Senior Tyler Wynn which made the score 28-6 after the missed extra point by Singleton.

The biggest bright spot for the Braves on the night was the play of Sophomore quarterback Jonathon Hunt who had several long gains on the ground including a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

In the end, the size of the Handley team was just to much for the younger less experienced Braves and the game ended with a 48-13 final score.

A massive contingent of Brave fans were on hand for the game in which the concession stands on both sides of the field sold out of everything including water by the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Braves will look to regroup during their open date next week before returning home to Staples Stadium Sept. 9 to face the rival Bowdon Red Devils who were winners over the Woodland Bobcats 32-14.

Thanks to quirky scheduling the Braves will be at home for the next four games before returning to the road for four consecutive weeks in October. (To see lots of great photos from the game compliments of photographer Rodney East go to or



“I think the Braves will finish the season right around the #2 spot in the region depending on if  they can knock off  Callaway.” –Skip Reeves

“Handley’s players used to never be this big before Roanoke got a McDonald’s and a Burger King.” –Joe Adams

“Well … we took a loss tonight, but praise God no major injuries. I couldn’t believe how HUGE those Handley football players were … wow!!!” –Krysti Edwards

“The Marching Braves did a spectacular job! So proud of  Hayley Kemp and the rest of the band! Y’all were awesome!” – Tanya Shelnutt


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