January 17, 2022

HCMS Rolls Past Villa Rica 28-6

(Franklin) — The Heard County Middle Braves extended their division winning streak to 11 games Thursday with a 28-6 win over the visiting Villa Rica Wildcats in the semi-finals of the West Georgia Athletic Conference Division Championships.

The win earned the Middle Braves a chance at back-to-back titles and will mark their fourth consecutive appearance in next week’s title game.

The Braves faced a tough battle with a large Wildcat squad Thursday afternoon and thanks to great defense by both teams the game remained scoreless late in the first half when the Braves struck quickly for two touchdowns.

Gage Cannon broke away for a 47-yard TD with 2:22 to go in the second quarter and also followed it up with the two-point conversion to give the Braves an 8-0 lead.

WR Kayo Bradfield battles for the football with a Wildcat defender during Thursday's 28-6 win over Villa Rica at HCMS

WR Kayo Bradfield battles for the football with a Wildcat defender during Thursday’s 28-6 win over Villa Rica at HCMS

On the ensuing kickoff, Coach Sikes called for the onside kick from David Urquilla which has become almost a staple in the Braves’ special teams arsenal.

The kick was recovered by Andre Watkins in Wildcat territory setting the Braves up for an Alijah Huzzie touchdown pass to Andrew Leak with just 27 seconds to play in the half. With the failed conversion the Braves led a stunned Wildcat squad 14-0 at halftime.

In the second half, the Braves continued to pound the Wildcats up front behind the solid play of offensive lineman Brandon Thompson, Jacob Skipper, Micaiah Austin, Paul Elkins, Michael Cheney, Wyn Denney, and  TE David Urquilla.

Huzzie found Urquilla in the endzone for a TD pass in the third quarter to extend the lead to 22-0 after the conversion by Leak.

In the fourth quarter, Demarcus Bell scampered in for the Braves final TD and a 28-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the board with a late TD after lots of subs had entered the game.

The Braves defense continued its stellar play under Coach Aubrey Westmoreland shutting down the Wildcat offense for most of the day.

Cannon, Leak, and Urquilla had big games as well as the big guys up front Kezman Kelley, Jaiden Cameron, Cheney, and Thompson. Quite a few sixth and seventh graders got into the game in the fourth quarter earning valuable experience going forward.

Derrick Emory took a huge hit from a Wildcat defender late in the game near the Brave sidelines but popped right back up.

Coach Sikes was pleased with the effort from his squad which has been a juggernaut over the last few weeks of the season.

“We played Villa Rica earlier in the year and we knew they were going to be tough with several great athletes and a huge line,” said Sikes after the game. “We told our guys that we just needed to cover our assignments and take care of business and we were able to do that. Now we just have to get ready for a good Temple squad that’s coming here next week.”

The Braves will host the Temple Middle School Tigers next week in the championship game that will kickoff at 5:30 p.m. at HCMS. Tempe, defeated Bowdon 20-0 in  the other semi-final game Thursday.

In JV action, the Braves traveled to Temple and knocked off the Tigers 38-14 Thursday.

The varsity Braves travel to Manchester tonight for a huge game with the Blue Devils. Duranta Dunson is expected to be available for at least some limited action after recovering from a broken collarbone earlier this season.

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