Hanley McCosh (#99) is chased by Nathan Allen (#6) during Saturday’s exciting Flag Bowl game at Staples Stadium.
(Franklin) — Staples Stadium was rocking Saturday afternoon as the two Heard County Recreation Department 5-6 year old flag football teams made a rare appearance on the sports turf at Heard High School competing against one another for the 2013 Flag Bowl Championship.
Despite the fact that the flag teams from other areas opted out of this year’s event, fans witnessed one of the most exciting games ever played at Staples as the Black Braves coached by Casey Barnes just edged out the Maroon Braves coached by Danny Prichard on the very last play of the game.
Little Armari Emory broke outside and raced down the sidelines crossing the goal line just as the buzzer sounded to break a 31-31 tie and give the Black team the dramatic 37-31 victory.
The electrifying game, featuring nine lead changes and three ties, was a barn-burner all day long with neither team willing to give an inch.
Emory, the son of former Brave standout quarterback Santez Emory, led the way for the Black team with three touchdowns on the day while Cole Tyus sparked the Maroon squad with three scores.
Hanley McCosh also was big for the Black team with two TD’s and Kaden Paige put his team on the board first with an early scamper to the end zone. For the Maroon squad, Julius Moreland added two crucial TD’s.
After the game, players and fans of both teams gathered at midfield as Recreation Director Kathy Scott presented all the players and cheerleaders from both teams with a 2013 Flag Bowl t-shirt.
“I am very proud of all of the players on both teams,” said Black coach Casey Barnes after the game. “Today was a lot of fun!”
Maroon coach Danny Prichard echoed the sentiments of his coaching counterpart. “That was one heck of a game!” said Prichard.
Members of the winning black team included: Shaun Lacey, Mack Googe, Armari Emory, Jayden Moreland, Camarion Jackson, Henry Weaver, Cason Holtzclaw, Dalton Jennings, Samuel Rivers, Kaden Holloway, Ben Stack, Kaden Paige, Rylee Cook, Austin Dean, Mason Shelnutt, Jay Barnes, Gaige Whitley, Carter Headley, Lane Muller, Luke Muller, Luccas McCormick, Hanley McCosh, and coaches Casey Barnes, Josh Gladney, and Trevor Jennings.