October 23, 2018

Jones injured in 24-14 loss at Callaway

The Braves and Cavaliers shake hands prior to Thursday night's Region 5-AA contest in Lagrange

The Braves and Cavaliers shake hands prior to Thursday night’s Region 5-AA contest in Lagrange (Photo: Penny Hood)

(Lagrange, GA) — The Braves (6-1) got off to a hot start Thursday night at Callaway but were quickly deflated by the loss of star quarterback and Ohio State commit Emory Jones after an injury to his throwing shoulder.

After the Cavaliers (7-0) won the coin toss and deferred, the Braves quickly took the opening kickoff and marched 88 yards down the field in just 3:06 where Jones rushed it in from four yards away to give the Braves an early 7-0 lead. The key play of the drive was a long 57-yard completion from Jones to Jaden Moreland.

Unfortunately, Jones suffered a low grade separated shoulder on the play and missed most of the game although he tried to return for a couple of plays.

On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Alijah Huzzie recovered an onside kick in Cav territory, but the Braves were unable to capitalize.

Solid play by the Brave defense kept the Cavs at bay until early in the second quarter when D.J. Atkins scored on a 9-yard rush to tie the game. The Cavs would find the end zone again just before the half as QB Dylan Johnson rushed it in from 13 yards out.

A Michael Freeman TD scamper from 12 yards out and a long 42 yard field goal by Noah Stephens would close out the scoring for the Cavs in the third quarter.

With Huzzie at QB, the Braves were able to march down the field on a 95-yard drive to close the gap to 24-14 with less than a minute to play in the game. Huzzie connected with Moreland for the TD.

Huzzie was 6-for-6 on the drive to end the game. The backup QB had a nice game in relief of Jones completing nine of 13 passes for 112 yards and the TD.

Senior DayVin Troy led the rushing attack with 55 yards on 15 carries.

Leading tacklers for the Brave defense were Peyton Ehlers and Jonta Gray with 11 tackles each and Andrew Leak had nine. Mike Holmes and Moreland each had seven tackles.

“You know our kids are gutsy — they have heart and character and they fight and they battle — but you just can’t leave your defense on the field that long, especially against that really good offense Callaway has,” said Barron after the game.

“I thought defensively we contained them and played really well. Offensively our young o-line is continuing to grow and improve. Huzzie was thrown to the Wolves once again just like last year against Fitz, but he is doing it with minimal practice and reps. Next week of course he will get the majority of the snaps and we expect him to play well next week.”

Emory Jones has been ruled out for next week’s game, but Barron thinks he will be back before the end of the season.

“We don’t think this is a season ending injury — it’s just a matter of when he can get his range of motion back in his shoulder and how well he can rehab,” said Barron.

The Braves will look to regroup next Friday when they host Jordan (0-6) in the Homecoming game.

The squad will then face two more important Region 5-AA games vs. Lamar County and at Spencer with eyes firmly on the No. 2 seed in the region and the opportunity to host a first round playoff game at Staples Stadium.

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