(Mt. Zion, GA) — The HCMS Braves traveled to Mt. Zion last Thursday and downed a much-improved Mt. Zion Middle School football team by a final score of 35-8.
The Braves took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards (Carlton White had 67 of the yards) with the drive being capped off with Emory Jones going in from one yard out. The two-point conversion by Matthew Nilsen made the score 8-0.
On Mt.Zions first series they were driving and the Braves defense came up big with a sack and fumble caused by Emory Jones. Mason Jenkins recovered the fumble for the Braves. This set up another long drive by the Braves.
Emory Jones connected with Jaden Moreland on a 22-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion by Christopher Goode was good, making the score 16-0.
The Eagles were driving again before the half and had gotten inside the red zone when a fumble occurred, which was recovered by Kendaz Goode. This put the Braves back in business with 1:00 to go in the first half.
After an incomplete pass and a penalty, the Braves were on their own 10 yard line when Jones went off left end for 45 yards. On the next play Jones went 45 more yards on a quarterback keeper for the score. The two-point conversion attempt failed, making the halftime score HCMS 22 Mt. Zion 0.
After an exchange of possessions to begin the half the Braves were on the move again. The drive was capped off by a Christopher Goode touchdown from 18 yards out. The PAT kick by Chris Carroll, the first of the year, was successful.
Mt. Zion was able to score a late touchdown to make the score 29-8. After the score, the Braves were anticipating an onside kick but the Eagles kicked it deep setting up a 75 yard touchdown run by Emory Jones. The PAT was no good. This led to the final score of 35-8.
On the defensive side of the ball Matthew Nilsen, Luis Vasquez, Christopher Goode, Will Posey, Kendaz Goode, Mason Jenkins and Andrew Leak all had a big game for the Braves.
Offensively, Carlton White finished the game with 139 yards rushing while Matthew Nilsen had 38 yards. Emory Jones finished the game with 103 yards rushing with two touchdowns, 75 return yards with one touchdown, and 40 yards passing with another TD.
“Today was a real tough ball game for our guys. We knew Mt. Zion was improved over last year and we knew that they had some athletes that could present some problems from us.They had a big fullback last year and we knew they had one this year. We adjusted accordingly on defense but still had a hard time defending their rushing attack. I am glad they laid the ball on the ground a few times. We also had great defensive effort from our first team defense. On the offensive side of the ball, our offensive line continues to improve with Ryan Crews, Will Posey and Jacob Skipper having big games up front for the Braves. We also got good tight-end play from Gage Cannon.”~ HCMS Coach Allen Sikes