December 2, 2020

GHSA Round 2 State Playoff Preview: Braves vs. Fitzgerald

Heard County Braves vs. Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes

Preview PicWHAT: 2nd Round of the GHSA Class AA Football State Playoffs

WHEN: Friday Night @ 7:30 PM

WHERE: Staples Stadium @ Heard High School

ADDRESS: 545 Main St., Franklin, GA 30217 (Directions from Fitzgerald)

RECORDS: Canes (10-1, 5-1 in Region 1-AA), Braves (8-3, 5-0 in Region 5-AA)

SEEDINGS: Canes (#2 seed in Region 1-AA), Braves (#1 seed in Region 5-AA)

TAILGATE: Tailgate begins at 4:00 PM in the school parking lot. The Red Zone Tailgate Show with John Grey and Coach Charles Jetmore will be live in the parking lot and on B-92.1 Country. All Brave and Fitz fans are invited to attend and bring grills, food, etc.

WHAT’S ON THE LINE: The winner will advance to the state quarterfinals and face the winner between Benedictine (#1 seed in Region 2-AA) and Lovett  (#2 seed in Region 6-AA)

RADIO BROADCASTS: B-92.1 Country-Carrollton (Mitch Gray and Verland Best on the play-by-play), WRDO 96.9-Fitzgerald

HEAD COACHES: Canes — Jason Strickland  (38-11-1 in his 4th season with the Canes), Braves – Tim Barron (110-50 in his 14th season with the Braves)

KEY CANES ON OFFENSE: QB James Graham (So. #2), RB J.D. King (Jr. #18), TE Lecitus Smith (Jr. #82), G Jason Poe (Jr. #51)

KEY BRAVES ON OFFENSE: QB Emory Jones (So. #6), RB Austin Barron (Sr. #23), RB Dayvin Troy (Jr. #14), T Chandler Moon (Sr. #70), WR Austin Miller (Jr. #11)

KEY CANES ON DEFENSE: DE/OLB Darrius Hampton (Sr. #35), DL Anthony Ramsey (Jr. #76), DL Logan Sapp (Sr. #64), S Josh Reliford (Jr. #8), CB Willie Ross (Jr. #11)

KEY BRAVES ON DEFENSE: DE Matt Brown (Sr. #21), DL Austin Dean (Sr. #44), DL Diamond Delgado (Sr. #8), DB Jaden Moreland (So. #2), DB Mike Holmes (Jr. #24), LB Ethan Brant (#15), LB Jonta Gray (#9)

KICKERS: Canes — Raul Martinez (Sr. #67), Braves — Trey Wiggins (Jr. #7)

RANKINGS: Canes (#4 composite in Class AA), Braves (Unranked in Class AA)

SERIES: Fitzgerald leads the series 2-0

LAST MEETING: The Canes defeated the Braves 29-7 earlier this season at Mercer University in Macon

CHAMPIONSHIPS: Canes (One State Title in Class A (1948), 16 Region Championships), Braves (Five Region Championships)

LAST WEEK: Canes defeated Putnam County 51-15, Braves defeated Greene County 45-14

LAST YEAR’S GHSA PLAYOFFS: Canes lost 44-41 in the Semi-Finals, Braves lost 35-34 to Brooks County in the quarterfinals

COLORS: Canes (Purple and Gold), Braves (Maroon and Gray)

SPECIAL HALFTIME CEREMONY: The Braves will recognize faculty member Mr. Ed Brown for his retirement after 34 years at HHS

ADMISSION: $10 at the gate (*Students may advance purchase one ticket only for $8 at any of the Heard County schools)

WEATHER: Clear skies and cold — temperatures in the 40’s

(Photo Courtesy of Rodney East)

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