December 12, 2018

Fandemonium as title game tickets go on sale in Heard County

The Heard County Braves will battle Rockmart for the GHSA Class AA Football Championship at Mercedes Benz on Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00 PM (Photo: GHSA)

(Franklin, GA) — There won’t be any problem finding people wearing Brave maroon, gray, and white next week in Atlanta.

Tickets for Heard County High School’s Class AA State Championship football game in Atlanta next Wednesday went on sale at the school Tuesday morning, and Brave fans quickly snapped up hundreds of them.

The Georgia High School Association gave the school 3,000 specially priced presale tickets for the 1:00 PM game between Heard County (12-2) and Rockmart (14-0) at Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Heard County students and fans were given their first chance to grab seats for the game Tuesday.

Well before the tickets were to go on sale at 8:00 AM, Brave fans already had lined up in the hallway outside the school’s front office. Franklin Police Department deputy Gary Morgan was the very first to get his hands on the championship game ticket.

The Braves are in the finals for the first time in the 47-year history of the football program and the community has more than just taken notice following last Friday night’s dramatic 38-30 overtime semifinal win over Fitzgerald at Staples Stadium.

Businesses around town are painted up in Brave colors and excitement has abounded across all social media platforms for the last several days.

One of the people in line for tickets early Tuesday morning was long time Heard County Brave supporter Brian Chambers along with his wife Dianne.

Brian graduated from HCHS over 20 years ago, but his dedication and loyalty to the school and its teams has rarely diminished. Brian always attends the football games with his wife and parents. He went into work late Tuesday just so he could go with his wife to pick up their tickets.

“Heard County football has become a Chambers family tradition that we look forward to every single year,” says Brian. “With Mom and Dad working in the  school system my entire life and both my sister and I having received our education in Heard County, we developed a love for everything Heard County growing up.”

The Chambers family in Dublin for the quarterfinals (L-R: Tommy, Norene, Brian, and Dianne)

Brian’s father, Mr. Tommy Chambers, was the principal at Centralhatchee Elementary for many years and his older sister Emily was inducted into the Heard County athletics Hall of Fame earlier this fall.

“Missing very few Heard County sporting events from the time I was nine until I graduated from HCHS in 1994, I decided to go back home to a football game to see a kid I read about by the name of Carlos Brown in the early 2000’s. After watching him play and seeing how talented our new coaching staff was, I told my Dad and Mom that they should come watch a game with us. The rest is history,” adds Brian.

“Since then we’ve been to almost every home and away game. It’s our family time in the fall that we look forward to every season. Seeing how far the school and athletics have come since I was in school makes us all proud to be Braves. We love the people here and all the kids.”

Heard High sold about 1500 of the allotted presale tickets Tuesday and Brian says he can understand why the community is so excited for the opportunity for its very first opportunity to play in the title game.

“Growing up I never imagined I’d see a Heard County team play for a state championship in any sport. Seeing the softball team win one (in 2014) and then the football team start to be in the mix for one every single year is nothing short of vindication for all the years of sticking with them through thick and thin. We are so proud of this group of kids and this coaching staff and wouldn’t miss this game for the world. They have put us on the map and for that we are truly grateful.”

About 1500 of the presale tickets remain at Heard High and the $22 tickers will be on sale each day at the main office from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM until they are all gone.

Special Championship Game T-shirts will be at HCHS this Friday at 2:00 PM

You may also purchase tickets at the gate the day of the game but this will include an additional box office fee of 7.50.

Tickets are good for the entire day and there are four games each day beginning at 10:00 AM each day (see schedule below).

The tickets for December 12 will say “Saturday, December 8” because they were already printed prior to the change of date. They are good for Wednesday. Tickets prices as determined by the GHSA and tickets are required for everyone except babies in arms.

A limited number of special championship game T-shirts will also be available at the Heard High school store after 2:00 PM on Friday and Monday-Tuesday. Long sleeve $16 and short sleeve $12. No preorders — first come first serve. Sizes available AS-3X.

GHSA State Football Championship Schedule

Dec. 11

10:00 am – A Public: Irwin County (13-0) vs. Clinch County (12-1)
1:00 pm – 3A: Cedar Grove (13-1) vs. Peach County (12-2)
4:30 pm – 5A: Bainbridge (9-5) vs. Warner Robins (12-2)
8:00 pm – 6A: Northside, Warner Robins (9-5) vs. Lee County (14-0)

Dec. 12

10:00 am – A Private: Athens Academy (13-0) vs. Eagles Landing Christian (12-1)
1:00 pm – 2A: Heard County (12-2) vs. Rockmart (14-0)
4:30 pm – 4A: Cartersville (14-0) vs. Blessed Trinity (14-0)
8:00 pm – 7A: Milton (12-2) vs. Colquitt County (14-0)

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