November 26, 2020

It’s Friday Night in Franklin! Brave fans encouraged to “Bring the Noise”

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves football team are imploring Heard County fans to bring the noise tonight as the squad prepares to host the highest ranked team to ever visit Staples Stadium in the state playoffs.

Weather forecasters around the state are predicting a “Category 5” attack from the visiting Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane, a perennial top five team led by a strong passing attack, and even stronger rushing attack, as well as a host of elite athletes.

Coach Barron and the Braves hope an energetic and raucous atmosphere at Staples Stadium might just be the help they need to pull off the huge upset and the biggest win in school history against the same team they opened the season with at Mercer.

The Canes downed the Braves 29-7 on August 29, the second straight season-opening loss to the Canes at the neutral college site.

“No matter what happens we are going to need our fans tonight just rooting these kids on and keeping our stadium just as loud as it can possibly be especially when we are on defense,” says Coach Barron. “We can’t win this game alone — we need our fans and community more than ever tonight to show these players lots of support.”

Despite the early season loss to the Canes, the Braves enter tonight’s game on a six-game winning streak and are playing their best football of the year as evident by last week’s 45-14 win over Greene County.

Senior running back Austin Barron has rushed for 964 yards on the season despite only being healthy for about half of the season. Barron along with sophomore quarterback Emory Jones hope to control the ball on offense in order to keep the Canes potent offense on the sidelines.

Senior running back Austin Barron (Photo: Rodney East)

Senior running back Austin Barron (Photo: Rodney East)

The Fitzgerald offense averages well over 300 yards rushing per game and revolves around junior J.D. King (1,832 yards rushing, 26 touchdowns) and sophomore QB James Graham. Graham threw for a season-high 128 yards in a 51-15 victory over Putnam County in the first round last week and has also rushed for over 1,000 yards as well.

The Brave defense is led by a host of seniors up front including Austin Dean and Matt Brown, each with over 100 tackles this season.

Brave fans are encouraged to arrive early, bring noise makers and cheer as loudly as possible tonight throughout the big game.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with a pregame tailgate beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the school parking lot.

B-92.1 Country out of Carrollton will be hosting their weekly Red Zone tailgate show with Coach Charles Jetmore and John Grey also in the parking lot at 5:00 p.m.

Mitch Gray and Verland Best will call the play-by-play for the game on B-92.1.

The winner of tonight’s game will take on the winner between Lovett and Benedictine next week in the quarterfinals.

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