June 18, 2018

HC’s battle in barnburner at HCMS

QB Isaiah O’Neal huddles up the middle Brave offense during Thursday’s game at HCMS

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Middle School football team hosted the Haralson County Middle School Rebels Thursday in an entertaining scrimmage game that came down to the last moments.

It was the visiting Rebels that came out on the winning end of a 22-18 score after QB Clay Hyatt found a receiver on a long TD pass with about two minutes to play in the game. Hyatt had two TD passes in the second half to lead the Rebels.

The middle Braves were driving deep in Rebel territory for a potential game-winning score when time ran out. The game featured five lead changes and two ties.

Brave quarterback Isaiah O’Neal scored the first TD for the Braves and the score was knotted at 6-6 at the half.

Running backs Franklin Jackson and Blake Baldwin scored the other touchdowns for the Braves in the second half.

Brave head coach Dustin Lane was pleased with the progress his team made after a week one loss to Callaway and hopes they will improve even further as they begin small school division play next week.

“Haralson County is a very good football team — that QB for them is an awesome player,” said Lane after the game.

“We really shored some things up this week on our offensive line I thought we played really well up front. Blake Baldwin, Franklin Jackson, and Jacob Miles all three had good games in our backfield and our receiver Orrin Rowley did a great job in his first football game ever. I was real proud of our effort out there today.”

The Braves will face the first small school division test next week when they host Bowdon at HCMS on Thursday with a 5:30 PM kickoff.

The remainder of the regular season schedule sees the Braves facing road games at Villa Rica (Sept. 21), Bay Springs (Oct. 5), and Mt. Zion (Oct. 12).

The only remaining regular season home game on the schedule will be September 12 versus the 2016 league champion Temple.

The playoff semi-finals will be October 19 and the division championship game takes place on October 26. All game start at 5:30 PM.

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